Some great info on treasure numbers for 2019, plus 2017 and 2018 PAS reports were published too
To see the reports go here https://finds.org.uk/publications
I’ve edited the key points from the British Museum press release:
The British Museum today reveals that the number of Treasure finds made by members of the public has once again hit a record level. They reached a preliminary figure of 1,311 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2019.
Some of the most significant recent Treasure finds include:
* a beautifully preserved 1,100-year-old medieval brooch, unearthed in Norfolk after a tipper truck delivered spoil to a new location. The brooch is a rare type for this period, and is intricately decorated with plants and animals in the lively ‘Trewhiddle’ style.
* a well-used Iron Age drinking set, including a 2,000-year-old bucket adorned with mythical creatures and an unusual humanoid face.
* a Roman Britain coin minted with an earlier coin die, making it a uncommon hybrid from a period when Britain first broke away from Europe.
* a solid gold Bronze age arm ring, the type of which is so scarce we are currently unable to determine whether it is British or Irish in origin.
A total of 81,602 finds were recorded
with the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) in 2019.
Almost 90% of these items were discovered by metal detectorists
. The British Museum said these finds are ‘deepening our understanding of history and demonstrating best practice as finders have no legal obligation to report them, but do so voluntarily.’
Norfolk was the county which produced the most finds, followed by Suffolk and Hampshire.
The latest Treasure and PAS Annual Reports, covering 2017 and 2018 respectively were also released today. The reports also highlight that:
•399 of the 1,266 Treasure finds reported in 2017 have been acquired by museums.
•The vast majority of these (92%) are acquired by local museums.
•The reports also reveal that the number of Treasure cases acquired through donation (where finders or landowners waive their rewards) was 112 cases – 26 more than at the same point last year.