Free Finds Identification Day

Press Release: 10/08/2009

Have you found anything interesting when out walking, digging the garden or metal detecting: perhaps flint tools, pieces of pottery or coins?  Would you like to discover what they are, or find out more about them?

If so, Winchester City Council’s museums service, in partnership with the national Portable Antiquities Scheme, is hosting a free Finds Identification Day at City Space in the Discovery Centre on Saturday 15th August between 10am and 4pm.

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

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.

Rob 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.”

This event is part of Winchester City Council’s Surviving the Stone Age exhibition, a family friendly display of artefacts and Ice Age animal bones, full of hands-on activities. The event is free and no booking is required.