IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 104: Sense from Chaos: Aspects of Portable Antiquities, I

Monday 13 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Portable Antiquities Scheme
Organiser:Geoff Egan, Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum, London
Moderator/Chair:John Cherry, Independent Scholar, London
Paper 104-aWomen and Horses and Power and War: Horse Harness and Related Items from the Portable Antiquities Scheme
(Language: English)
Helen Geake, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge / Portable Antiquities Scheme
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Religious Life
Paper 104-bFinds from the North West: Beyond Chester and Meols
(Language: English)
Vanessa Oakden, National Museums, Liverpool / Portable Antiquities Scheme
Frances McIntosh, National Museums, Liverpool / Portable Antiquities Scheme
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Religious Life
Paper 104-cLate Medieval Ampullae: Anonymous and Homeless? - Sacred Water Containers from the End of an Era
(Language: English)
Geoff Egan, Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum, London
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Religious Life
Abstract

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is in its 12th year of recording onto its database medieval and other finds reported by members of the public. With over 350,000 objects now having detailed records, synthesis is timely. This session will look at aspects of mainly rural finds from the North and other regions. The basic question of how the material culture recorded in this way relates to that from formal excavations in the areas selected will be considered, and case studies of formerly obscure objects (now much more extensively represented than from formal fieldwork) will be presented.