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Finding Dorset

Information, advice and activities centred on archaeological finds. Even single finds can add to our understanding of Dorset's past.

It is important to record isolated finds and surface scatters of archaeological material. Over a period information on apparently insignificant finds may help us to identify key concentrations, and to understand trade or settlement in the county through distribution patterns.

  • Somerset and Dorset leaflet Portable Antiquities Scheme

    The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a national scheme for the voluntary recording of finds. Dorset and Somerset run a joint scheme, and our Finds Liaison Officers can help with identification.

  • Treasure Act

    The Treasure Act 1996 replaced the common law of treasure trove in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Treasure finds must be reported to the Coroner for the area where the find was made.

  • Event - Finding Dorset Dec 2010 8 P Finding Dorset events

    A series of talks and finds handling sessions looking at different kinds of archaeological finds.

  • Medieval zoomorphic mount Metal detecting

    Many archaeological finds come to light through metal detecting. It is a legitimate hobby with a large following and the potential to contribute greatly to our understanding of the past.

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