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Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. These discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.

What are we interested in?

We record all artefacts found in the ground which date prior to AD 1700.
This includes pottery, glass, worked flint and stone, coins and other metalwork.

What happens to the finds and data?

We are likely to want to borrow finds so we can make a full record, including a photograph.
The information is recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s on-line database.
The details of precisely where finds are from are not made publicly available on the website.

Your finds will then be returned to you together with a copy of the record and images.

The data will be transferred to the county’s Historic Environment Record and will then be available to individuals researching history and archaeology.

Who to Contact?

For more information contact your Finds Liaison Officer based at The Museum of Cornish Life, on 07761146166 or email [email protected]

Further information about the Portable Antiquities Scheme can be found at
The database can be viewed at