50 Finds from Oxfordshire

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From some of the earliest human artefacts found in the Upper Thames Valley to Roman villas and military encampments, from early Christian religious houses to Civil War battlefields, Oxfordshire has a very long and rich archaeological heritage. Although a latecomer to the tradition of archaeological study in Oxfordshire, the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) has recorded over 30,000 artefacts since it came to the county in 2003. Every year the general public find thousands of ancient objects and coins, many of which are recorded with the PAS. Hoards of ancient gold coins may easily capture the imagination, but there are other objects that our ancestors left behind which are just as informative, if not more valuable, that provide us with a glimpse into human life over the past 500,000 years. Covering all periods of human history and every corner of the county, 50 Finds from Oxfordshire provides a snapshot of some of the best archaeological artefacts recorded with the Scheme, found by ordinary members of the public.


Anni Byard was born and bred in Oxfordshire, and spent several years working in commercial archaeology before becoming the British Museum’s Finds Liaison Officer for Oxfordshire & West Berkshire in 2008. Anni is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and holds a degree in Archaeology from the University of Liverpool and a Master’s degree in Landscape Archaeology from the University of Oxford. Anni currently lives in Wantage with her partner Paul and their German Shepherd dog, Toby.