Finds Liaison Officer with bronze age axes

Finds Liaison Officer

The Sussex Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) is Stephanie Smith. She works for an organisation called the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

This is a voluntary scheme for recording archaeological objects found by metal detectorists and members of the public. It was established to promote the recording of chance archaeological discoveries (artefacts over 300 years old) and to broaden public awareness of the importance of such finds for understanding our past.

Stephanie visits active metal detecting clubs, archaeological societies and historical groups to enable the clubs to record artefact(s) and the location of the find [1] onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme database (available online at www.finds.org.uk). This information needs to be recorded in order to add to our knowledge about our heritage and to help record archaeological and historical artefacts before they are lost.

Stephanie is also available to offer advice about all sorts of issues affecting metal detectorists and the discovery of archaeological material, including why it is so important to gain permission from the landowner before detecting and how to record the grid references of your find(s). She is also able to give guidance to finders of potential Treasure items, which would be covered by the Treasure Act 1997.

The FLO is based at Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum, 169 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE. Tel: 01273 405731, email.

[1] Only a 4 figure grid reference or Parish reference will be published on the database. Access to full information can be granted on request. For access to this information please contact the PAS Central Unit on 02073238618 or email.