Every year thousands of archaeological objects are discovered by members of the public, many by hobbyists metal detecting and magnet fishing, but also by people gardening at home or walking their dogs. Through PAS these objects can be identified and recorded, helping us to further our historical and archaeological knowledge of England and Wales. These discoveries can then become a resource for the public and researchers, as part of the PAS online database.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a national programme, run by the British Museum and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.
Please refer to government guidance on searching for archaeological finds.