Be a PASt Explorer!

Be a PASt Explorer!

If you find something that you think might be an archaeological object (something that you can pick up easily from the ground and is over 300 years old) while you are out walking the dog or playing in the garden, you can find out more about it by contacting your local Finds Liaison Officer (FLO).

In the meantime, once you have found something, carefully place it in a plastic bag. Plastic grip-top bags with white strips, like these ones are best:

Grip seal bags

Labelling You can write where you found the object, its grid reference if you have a map, and any other information you want directly onto the bag, such as the date it was found.

Labelling your bags is important if you want the information about your finds to last. Using permanent markers is best.

Bag finds individually to protect the objects and to stop them getting mixed up. It is a good idea to make small holes in the bags to provide air and stop harmful condensation from forming.

If the object you have found is fragile, you can carefully pack it in a small plastic box or a grip-top bag. The object can be protected by cushions of foam and/or acid-free tissue paper.

Conservation Advice Notes will give you more advice about how to look after your finds.

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