The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a national programme which assists with the recording of finds discovered by members of the public.

You can bring finds for identification at the following:

  • finds identification events at local museums
  • other selected Cambridgeshire Archaeology events
  • by prior appointment with the council's Finds Liaison Officer

For more information you can contact the Finds Liaison Officer on 01223 728 571 or [email protected].

Advice for Finders of Archaeological Objects

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Reporting potential 'Treasure' objects

Finders must report all potential 'Treasure' finds to a coroner for the district in which they are found, either:

  • within 14 days after the day on which the discovery was made or
  • within 14 days after the day on which it is realised the find might be treasure

There is a legal obligation under the Treasure Act 1996 to report objects that are gold or silver or groups of coins found at the same location, which are over 300 years old. Prehistoric base-metal assemblages found after 1 January 2003 also qualify as Treasure.

Treasure Act leaflet

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Export licences

All UK archaeological objects found in the ground and at least 50 years old need an export licence before they can be exported overseas.

To find out about export licences go to the Arts Council website.

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