Grant to support the study of PAS finds from Cheshire

Chester Archaeological Society wishes to encourage the study and publication of objects (or groups/types of object) reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme from Cheshire and adjoining areas, to ensure that their potential contribution to the understanding of the archaeology and history of the county is realised. It is therefore offering a grant of GBP 700 every two years to help suitable persons to undertake such research. It is a condition of the grant that the results of the research shall be offered for first publication as an article in the Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society.

For more information and an application form see the society’s website:

It's not just about box sizes........

Alternative archives in archaeological practice 25/03/2015

 Event hosted by CIfA Archaeological Archives Group and including the AAG AGM. John Peek room, BMI, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS

Date:                     25 March 2015

Start time:           10:00

Finish time:         16:30

Cost:                      £10 CIfA members, £20 non-members, including one year group membership (excludes lunch). Tour of the new Staffordshire Hoard gallery at 15.30

 Summary:  This AGM event will involve cross-discipline discussion to find common ground and to consider specific archive issues arising from the differing ways of collecting archaeological data, and even provide mutual support.

For more details please visit the event web page at, or book directly at the Eventbrite page






Guidance for archaeological and historic pottery production sites

Consultation Draft October 2014

A draft of this document is now available on the English Heritage website and feedback is being sort via the link.

This will be a free publication, following on from the English Heritage guidance series. It is intended to promote best practice for archaeological and historic pottery production sites. The guidance focuses on vessel production, but some of the information provided will be relevant to other types of ceramic production site as well. 



A special trip to the Isle of Man - April 2015

Next spring we will be visiting the Isle of Man as the guests of the Manx Museum, Douglas. The visit will take place over a long weekend from Friday 24 April to Sunday 26 April. The final programme has yet to be finalised but will include lectures based around finds from the island and related topics, as well as site visits.

In order to gauge the number of members who would like to take part and tailor the events to best coincide with their travel arrangements we would ask that those who would like to attend the meeting to informally register an interest by contacting Quita Mould 

Geoff Egan Prize winner for 2013

In 2013 Megan von Ackerman won this prize for her research into Viking Age keys. Megan is a PhD student in Medieval Archaeology at the University of York. Her research focuses on early medieval keys, attempting to lay the groundwork for a better understanding of them as physical objects as well as their use in daily life and in mortuary practices. Because keys have powerful social significance, acquiring symbolic meaning far beyond their physical form, their appearance in the archaeological record, particularly in burials, has the potential to provide useful insight into beliefs and practices surrounding wealth and resources, security, and gift exchange.

The new Finds Research Group logo - a cunning little vixen or a strolling lion?

When it came to deciding on a logo we spent quite a long time discussing different possibilities. We wanted something that would work as an easily identifiable logo for the group, that said ‘finds’ but that also wasn’t overly period specific, given the broad date range that we cover. In the end we all decided that this image of a little token from London, suggested by Jane, was by far the best one. We all call it a little vixen or dog but in token-terms it is probably better described as a ‘lion walking left’. The token was recovered from excavations at Swan Lane in the early 1980s and is now in the Archaeological Archive of the Museum of London (Accession no: SWA81[0] <1034>. Unfortunately the token was found unstratified on the site but in general tokens like this date to the 13th to 14th century and many were produced in London. Tokens were not replacements for official coinage but rather were used as a sort of promissory note and goods could be exchanged for them. It is thought that many were used by the church, for example by pilgrims staying or eating in church-run hostelries, and that some perhaps were even kept as mementoes of a pilgrimage.

The original drawing was done by Nick Griffiths and we are immensely grateful to both the Museum of London and to Nick for allowing us to adapt it slightly and to adopt it as our new logo. We think this cunning little vixen/lion is rather lovely and makes a great new logo, and we hope you will agree!

Jackie Keily
On behalf of The Finds Research Group Committee