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Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a partnership project to record archaeological objects found by members of the public whilst out metal-detecting, walking, gardening or going about their daily work in England and Wales. These finds are often from areas otherwise unlikely to be investigated by professional archaeologists, thus bringing to light new sites and those that are little known.

Over a million objects have now been recorded by the PAS since 1997 at This data is incredibly useful to archaeologists, allowing them not only to understand better the historic landscape, but also how people worked and lived in the past.

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