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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice

How to report Treasure finds

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the central Portable Antiquities Scheme team and the Treasure Registrar's team are reduced to a skeleton staff, and Finds Liaison Officers (FLO) are working from home. 

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have asked that we continue to fulfil as many of the statutory requirements under the Treasure Act as possible.

If you are returning to detecting and have found something that you believe to be potential treasure please report it through the Finds Liaison Officer by email. 

Please provide the following details:

  • date of discovery
  • grid reference
  • your name and address
  • the landowner’s name and address
  • the landowner’s email address
  • clear photographs of the find with a ruler for scale
  • the weight of the object(s)

This will allow the Finds Liaison Officer to request a treasure number and create a skeleton Portable Antiquities Scheme database record. The FLO can then notify the coroner of the discovery in the usual way via email and you should await further instructions.

Other finds

The Finds Liaison Officer is not able to meet in person with finders to take in finds but can be contacted by email to advise on the recording of finds, for example by self-recording on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. For the time being, finders should hold on to their finds, keeping a good record of the findspot for full recording at a later date. 

Finds Liaison Officer

Name: Mrs Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Tel: 01305 228254
Mob: 07961 050 323
Full contact details for Finds Liaison Officer

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