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

You can bring finds for identification in the following ways:

  • by prior appointment with the council's Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) at Shire Hall in Cambridge (Mondays - Thursdays) and Peterborough Museum (Fridays)
  • at finds identification events at local museums
  • other selected Cambridgeshire Archaeology events

Advice for Finders of Archaeological Objects

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For more information or to arrange an appointment you can contact the Finds Liaison Officer on 01223 728571 or [email protected].

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

The FLO can assist with this.

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.

Potential Treasure finds must be deposited with the FLO as soon as possible after they are reported.

Objects found as a result of magnet fishing and river diving which meet these criteria should also be reported as potential Treasure.

Treasure Act leaflet

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The FLO can also assist with completing the Treasure recording form.

The list of information you will need to complete the Treasure recording form includes:

  • The finder’s full name, address including post code, telephone number and email address (for all of the finders if more than one)
  • The landowner’s full name, address including post code, telephone number and email address (for all of the finders if more than one)
  • If there is a tenant on the land, their details as above
  • The date the discovery was made
  • The circumstances of discovery (i.e. found with use of metal detector, small building works, gardening etc.)
  • The approximate depth of discovery below ground surface
  • The Land type (i.e. cultivated, pasture, garden, orchard etc.)
  • Location details including County, District, Parish and a National Grid Reference to a minimum of six figures or accurate to within 100 metres (not longitude and latitude).
  • Site security is important to us and the FLO will discuss with you what you want the site to be identified as on the PAS database. This is so that members of the public who read the database record can only see what you agree is appropriate. This can be as broad as the County in which it was found.

For more information you can contact the Finds Liaison Officer on 01223 728571 or [email protected].

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.

For more information you can contact the Finds Liaison Officer on 01223 728571 or [email protected].

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