The Portable Antiquities Scheme records archaeological objects found by the public onto a National Database. 

Interesting Objects

Thousands of objects over 300 years old or of significant county interest are recorded every year after being found by gardeners, walkers and detectorists. The objects recorded are used by researchers so by recording you are personally helping to advance knowledge of the history and archaeology of the county.

Contact details: awood@discoverbucksmuseum.org

Finds Liaison Officer for Buckinghamshire

Telephone number: 01296 325227 / 07955 430589

Found Something?

If you find something, please contact the Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. The FLO will help you to identify the object and advise on which finds can be recorded. The location of the find will also be needed, in the form of a ten figure grid reference. The FLO can help with this, along with tips on how to look after your finds, and what to do if significant archaeology is found.  More information can be found on the PAS website www.finds.org.uk.


An object is treasure if it is made of precious metal (gold or silver), and is over 300 years old or any group of two or more metallic objects of prehistoric date. Coin hoards are treasure when two or more coins of precious metal are found together, or ten or more coins of base metal are found together. Please note any objects found with an object of treasure are also classed as Treasure under the Act regardless of their material.

Reporting Treasure

The FLO can help to report and take in treasure. If an object falls under The Treasure Act 1996 then it must be reported to the local coroner via the FLO within 14 days. Landowner and finder details must be provided, as well as the findspot information. This is all covered by the Treasure Act 1996, and it is a legal requirement for a finder to report these finds. More information on the Treasure Act can be found here: www.finds.org.uk/treasure and the FLO can advise you.

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