TEL: 01305 262735

Wednesday 20th June 2018

From 10:00 until 13:30

Venue: Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

Finds Identification Surgery

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, expert Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset will be in the Museum’s Victorian Hall to help identify archaeological objects found by members of the public.

If you have any finds from metal detecting, field walking or casual finds from gardening etc. and would like to know more about them, Ciorstaidh will be happy to take a look at them. This includes metal objects such as coins, buckles, brooches and tools, as well as pottery, tile and worked stone.

Finds are identified and, depending on their date and type, may be recorded in more detail onto a national database as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Ciorstaidh is happy to help identify any finds the public brings in, but generally those dating to before 1700 will be recorded.

  • The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a national scheme to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public and metal detector users in particular.  Details of the scheme and a database of finds can be found at alternatively go to 


For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or Contact Us

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