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Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)

The Northamptonshire Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) was established in February 1999 and is part of a national scheme which allows members of the public to have their finds identified and archaeologically recorded.


The information gained from members of the public recording objects with the PAS helps towards research and a greater understanding of the heritage of the county and country as a whole.

Recording most archaeological finds with the PAS is entirely voluntary, although finders of items of treasure have a legal obligation to report such finds within 14 days of their discovery which can be done by contacting your local Finds Liaison Officer (FLO).

How do I record my find?

The Northamptonshire FLO will be happy to record and identify your archaeological finds (those of more than 300 years of age), whether they were found in Northamptonshire or elsewhere in the country.


The FLO will take the finds in for examination and detailed recording, for which you will receive a receipt as it is not possible to record finds on the spot.

You can meet the Northamptonshire FLO and bring your finds to surgeries held around the county. Please contact the FLO for more information.

What counts as treasure?

Treasure includes, but is not limited to:

  • all objects that are over 300 years old that have a precious metal content of 10% or more
  • collections of two or more prehistoric metal objects from the same find spot which constitute a hoard
  • collections of two or more gold or silver coins
  • ten or more base metal coins from the same find spot

If you have a find that you think might be treasure, please contact the Finds Liaison Officer: 

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External sites to help expand your research

Free subscription to sites such as Find my Past and Ancestry
Only available from Northamptonshire Archives or Libraries internet access.

GOV.UK: Find a will
Find wills from after 1951 (a fee is charged)

Kithead Trust
Run by volunteers, this charity may be able to help trace early vehicle registration information.

Northants FHS
Full of useful information, knowledge and skills.

National Archives
Details of documents held all around the UK.

Northampton Borough Council - a guide to cemeteries

Detailed resources about workhouses around the UK.

Rushden Heritage
Full of resources about Rushden.

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