CHAC is quite a Find!

Another busy week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) with donations, enquiries and preparations for our Westland 100 exhibition.

We also held our quarterly ‘Archaeological Finds Afternoon’ with the Somerset Finds Liaison Officer on Wednesday 4th March between 2pm-4pm . The idea is for finders in the South Somerset Area to meet with the ‘FLO’ to have their finds identified and the provenence recorded with CHAC serving as a mid-way meeting point. The key date is pre-1700, but advice can be provided on most eras of production or manufacture and this service is part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

The first afternoon of 2015 was notably productive with pottery from Wincanton and regular finds discovered near Crewkerne. One of our volunteers brought along a ‘Schoolboy’s Collection of Treasures” which yielded two Roman coins.

Interestingly, we only had three visitors. However, with at least 20 items each and all requiring contextual information, the ‘Finds Afternoon’ two hours was only just enough.

The next CHAC Finds Afternoon is due to be Wednesday 3rd June 2015 – 2pm-4pm. Please call (01935) 462886 to arrange a 20 minute slot.

There is usually a Finds Liaison Officer in most counties of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For more details visit: http://www.finds.org.uk

Somerset Finds Liaison Officer, Laura Burnett with one of our CHAC Volunteers, helping to identify seals and Roman coins.

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