RECORDING YOUR FINDS
Left in the ground, ancient objects suffer constant annual damage with every pass of the plough. With the slow and inevitable corrosive action of modern agricultural fertilisers, these objects will eventually be lost forever. Fortunately metal detectorists successfully rescue and preserve thousands of objects from ruin such as corroded Roman ‘grots’ to hoards of national importance.
It is a fact that had those finds stayed in the ground to rot, vital knowledge would surely have been lost. By the same token, this very same information would equally be lost if the location of finds is not properly recorded. Happily though, modern detectorists enthusiastically and consistently have their finds recorded thereby totally invalidating any outdated viewpoints from detractors.
The finds you submit are generally all coins and artefacts pre 1700 AD however worn. Roman grots, pottery and flints are all of interest. FLOs would be grateful if finds are bagged and dig place names and dates written on the bags. Identification may be helped if you are able to gently clean the surface mud off your find before you take it to your FLO. Ideally, plot your finds with a GPS device.
Recording your finds and having them identified onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme website is by your local county Finds Liaison Officer (FLO).
Our new Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside is :