What to do if you find some treasure

What happens if you dig up an interesting object when you’re out metal detecting, gardening or walking the dog?

It could be an archaeological item – or even ancient treasure. You can get your object identified through the Portable Antiquities Scheme. This is a national project for the voluntary recording of finds such as coins, brooches, flint tools and pottery.

Identification surgeries take place across the country. They are a chance for you to chat to our experts about your finds – and maybe have them added to Dorset’s archaeological records.