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Getting involved with the Scheme

Team PAS at the Christmas meetingThe Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public. The scheme encourages finders to record these discoveries with their local Finds Liaison Officer, who will then record the objects onto our database for researchers to study and the public to view. As a general rule, our staff record items over 300 years old (to align with the Treasure Act), but if an item is of significant interest and should be recorded, then it will be.

Information on the Scheme

If you have a general question about the Portable Antiquities Scheme and its work of finds recording, why not have a look at the frequently asked questions. Alternatively, you can contact our Resources Manager for some of our leaflets and publications that relate to our work and the administration of the Treasure Act.

How can I get involved with archaeology?

The Scheme's remit is for recording public discovery to enhance archaeological knowledge. It was formerly known as the largest community archaeology project in the UK, but now tends to be a gateway to public archaeological knowledge. Opportunities for participating in formal and amateur archaeological projects can be found through various organisations, particularly the Council for British Archaeology.