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Every year in Britain many thousands of archaeological objects are discovered, mostly by people using metal detectors but also by people out walking or digging their garden or while going about their work. The Portable Antiquities Scheme exists to ensure that these finds are seen by museums or field archaeologists, which means that a great deal of potentially important information about our past is being recorded.

The aims of the schemes are:

•  to encourage and promote good recording practice by finders

•  to strengthen links between metal detectorists and archaeologists

•  to advance our knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales


What do I do if I find something?

Simply contact one of the local reporting centres in the trust's area

•  Dyfed Archaeological Trust, The Shire Hall, Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo. Carmarthenshire SA19 6AF (Tel: 01558 823131) her@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk

•  Carmarthenshire County Museum, Abergwili, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA31 2JG. (Tel: 01267 228696)

• Ceredigion Museum, Coliseum, Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AQ (Tel: 01970 633084)

•  Tenby Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Hill, Tenbt, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7BP. (Tel: 01834 842809)

•  Museum of Narberth, 13, Market Square, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7AU (Tel: 01834 861719)

•  Scolton Manor Museum, Spittal, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. SA62 5QL. (Tel: 01437 731328)


National co-ordinator

•  Mark Lodwick, Finds Co-ordinator:Wales, Department of Archaeology and Numismatics, National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF1 3NP Tel. 01222/02920 573226.

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