IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1004: Portable Antiquities Scheme, I: Studying Metal-Detected Artefacts

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Portable Antiquities Scheme
Organiser:Helen Geake, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge / Portable Antiquities Scheme
Moderator/Chair:Roger Bland, Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum, London
Paper 1004-aThe Portable Antiquities Scheme: How It Can Contribute to the Study of the Medieval World
(Language: English)
Roger Bland, Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum, London
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General
Paper 1004-bStudying Medieval Coins: The Early Medieval Corpus (EMC), the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and Historical Research
(Language: English)
Julian Baker, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Numismatics
Paper 1004-cShadows of Lost Documents: The Evidence of Papal Bullae
(Language: English)
Tim Pestell, Norwich Castle Museum
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Religious Life
Abstract

The Portable Antiquities Scheme exists to record archaeological finds made by members of the public, usually metal-detector users. Finders report their discoveries voluntarily and the finds are returned to them after recording. This session will outline the working of the Scheme in England and Wales, and briefly discuss the ethical and practical questions raised by working with metal-detectorists. The papers will then look in more detail at the recording of coins and other artefacts from the medieval period and the research that can be carried out, focussing in detail on the study of papal bullae.