Portable Antiquities Scheme – 2021 round up

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Portable Antiquities Scheme – 2021 round up

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year. It’s coming up to a year since I started as Finds Liaison Officer at the Museum of Cornish Life and I’d like to share with you all some highlights from the past year and what to look forward to in 2022.

One million records!!

A medieval pendant was recorded as the one millionth record on the PAS database. You can view the record here

Copper alloy medieval harness pendant discovered in Lincolnshire. Photograph: Portable Antiquities Scheme

PAS Annual Report

The British museum also launched the Treasure Annual Report for 2019 and the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) Annual Report for 2020. These show that 49,045 archaeological finds were recorded throughout the first year of the pandemic. This number is lower than previous years as opportunities for metal-detectorists to record their finds were limited due to lockdowns and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report also mentioned the possibility of a Roman villa site in Cornwall! The launch received a lot of press coverage and you can read the report here:

My favourite finds of 2021

I also did a short piece with Cornwall Live on my favourite objects that I recorded during 2021. These include a coin of Alexander the Great, some interesting Roman brooches and a Roman vessel mount!

You can view the article here

Looking forward to 2022

I have a lot of exciting things to look forward to this year including more Finds Days across the county, outreach with local schools and museums, and continuing to meet with finders to record many more objects.

Please keep an eye out on our events page or my social media pages for events and dates!

A big thank you to all the finders that have recorded their finds with me and I look forward to working with you all this year.

All the best,

Tasha Fullbrook

Finds Liaison Officer, Museum of Cornish Life.

Museum of Cornish Life