Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a national voluntary project to encourage the reporting of archaeological objects found by the public. These finds offer an important way of understanding our past, made more valuable when we know their context or provenance.  There’s a network of Finds Liaison Officers across England and Wales – Anni Byard, the FLO for West Berkshire and Oxfordshire holds regular Finds Surgeries in the West Berkshire Museum in Newbury and can be contacted at https://finds.org.uk/contacts/staff/profile/id/130

Under the Treasure Act of 1996 there is a legal requirement to report treasure finds to the local coroner within 14 days.  Finds Liaison Officers can help you to identify what qualifies as treasure – more information can be found at www.finds.org.uk or in a leaflet written by the FLO, which can be found at http://info.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=38806&p=0

Image credit – Portable Antiquities Scheme, Romano-British figurine from Winterbourne