The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a means by which members of the public can record objects they have found on a large online database. Finds usually come from metal detecting but can also be the result of gardening and field walking.
As a Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) it is my role to record these objects to help preserve the archaeological record and to help paint a picture of archaeological finds in Britain. Although it is voluntary for people to record their finds, we highly encourage people to do so otherwise important finds might be lost. However, people do have a legal duty to record finds which fall under the 1996 Treasure Act.
Last year the PAS recorded its 1,500,000th find and in December we recorded the 5000th find from West Berkshire. There are now over 7000 finds from the county as a whole. This year, to coincide with the Berkshire Archaeological Society’s 150th anniversary I have come up with a list of 150 finds from 150 places in Berkshire. Starting Monday 1stMarch, I’ll be tweeting four of these per week on the @berkshireflo Twitter account using the hashtag #BAS150. For those not on Twitter they will also be loaded to a page on the BAS web site on a weekly basis.
If you want to know more about the scheme in Berkshire, I can be contacted at philip.smither1(at)westberks.gov.uk. I also have a weekly finds blog which can be found through the PAS county page for Berkshire, https://finds.org.uk/counties/berkshire/team/.
Phil Smither, Finds Liaison Officer, Berkshire
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The Banjo’s Back in Town: five seasons at Steane Park, Brackley
by Dr. Wendy Morrison, FSA – Director, Great Ouse Ancient Landscapes
Five years of excavation in a field in Northamptonshire has shed light on a fascinating palimpsest of human activity from the Neolithic to the Roman period. Wendy Morrison will report on what has been discovered at Steane Park, and what the future holds.
Dr Morrison has over a decade of experience in both research and commercial archaeological work. She has excavated in Britain, Channel Islands, and India and currently is a Senior Associate Tutor for Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education, as well as Project Manager of Beacons of the Past, the UK’s largest LiDAR driven research and outreach project.
Berkshire Archaeological Society Events – from September 2020
Government advice is likely to remain that gatherings are not permitted or advised. We are, therefore, planning to hold all BAS activities from September on Zoom.
See the events page for a list of monthly lectures. Synopses will be posted separately when available.
Members attending meetings on Zoom will be advised of meeting joining instructions beforehand. Not all Study Group meetings are listed as they are usually confirmed the week before.
from Julie Worsfold, BAS Lectures and Day School Organiser & Chair Communications Working Group
Image (think of it as geofizz!): This scanning electron microscope image shows COVID-19 virus (yellow), also known as 2019-nCoV and SARS-CoV-2, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (pink) cultured in the lab. Image credit: NIAID-RML / CC BY 2.0.
Exploring the archaeology, history and architecture of Berkshire