Free finds identification day

Press Release: 04/05/2007

Have you found anything interesting when out walking, digging the garden or metal detecting - perhaps flint tools, pieces of pottery or coins?

If you have, and would like to discover what they are, or find out more about them then you should come along to Winchester's Historic Resources Centre in Hyde Street on Saturday 19 May.

Winchester City Council's Museums Service, in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, is hosting a free Finds Identification Day during May's Museums and Galleries Month.

Along with colleagues from the Museums Service, Hampshire Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer Rob Webley, will be on hand to try to identify your mysterious finds and tell you more about these clues from the past.

He said: "Each year many thousands of archaeological objects, or 'portable antiquities', are found by members of the public. Recent Finds Days have seen such objects brought in as Roman coins, fragments of medieval pottery, intriguing figurines - even a prehistoric stone axe! I can't wait to see what interesting and unusual objects people will bring in this time."

All the finds that qualify will be recorded onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme's national database to help build up the picture of life in and around Hampshire in the past.

This event is free and no booking is required. Just show up between 10am and 4pm at 75 Hyde Street, Winchester, SO23 7DW.

For more details contact Winchester Museums Service on 01962 848 269,  email:, or visit Further information on the Portable Antiquities Scheme can be found at