Finds recording in Suffolk

The Suffolk Finds Recording Team is part of the County Council’s Archaeological Service and the national Portable Antiquities Scheme (finds.org.uk). We work closely with individuals, local societies, and metal detecting clubs to identify and record the large numbers of archaeological objects that are found by members of the public each year. Since 1997, over 100,000 objects spanning all periods of history have been recorded by the Suffolk Finds Recording Team, with about 5,000 finds recorded every year. Objects made of all materials, including metal, pottery, bone, and stone, are borrowed from finders to create an accurate record of each object and where it was found. Descriptions and illustrations of the objects we record are added to the Portable Antiquities Scheme database (finds.org.uk/database) and this information is passed on to the Suffolk Historic Environment Record. These records form the basis for identifying many of Suffolk’s archaeological sites.

We are part of the national Portable Antiquities Scheme, which is largely funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is administered by the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British museum.

If you have found something archaeological in Suffolk, or if you are based in Suffolk, you can contact us on 01284 741230 or by e-mail at archaeology@suffolk.gov.uk . You can also visit us (by appointment) at:

Bury Resource Centre, Hollow Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AY

If you want to contact a Finds Liaison Officer in other areas of England or Wales, their contact details can be found on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website: finds.org.uk/contacts.

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