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#FindsFriday for Day of Archaeology

At the Portable Antiquities Scheme many of us who are on Twitter have taken to tweeting a find on Fridays. This can be the best find recorded that week or just an interesting object. So as it is Friday I thought I would blog about some of the #FindsFriday objects I’ve tweeted about during the last year. One of my favorites is LVPL-08F250, a post-medieval coin hoard. Not because of the shiny coins of Elizabeth I and Mary but because of the small associated wooden object. At first, in its uncleaned state, the finder thought it might be from the roots of the tree beneath which he found the hoard but as it looked interesting he brought it in anyway. This small insignificant looking object turned out to be an incomplete wooden sundial probably made in Nuremberg!

LVPL-08F250 wooden sundial, mid 16th century.

LVPL-08F250 wooden sundial, mid 16th century.

LVPL-08F250 one silver groat of Mary, (1553-1554) and eleven silver coins of Elizabeth I, (1558-1603),

LVPL-08F250 one silver groat of Mary, (1553-1554) and eleven silver coins of Elizabeth I, (1558-1603).

Another of my favorite #FindsFriday tweets is this early Iron Age sickle found in Cheshire East and reported to me at the Museum of Liverpool. A very close parallel is a decorated sickle in Norwich Castle Museum, (1959.38), perhaps created in the same mould.

LVPL-23E5CF early Iron Age sickle

LVPL-23E5CF early Iron Age sickle

Finally my last pick for today is this fantastic Iron Age fob/dangler. There is just something about these fob/danglers that I love, perhaps it is the mystery which surrounds their function or simply the fact that its fun to say fob dangler! This one however is the first triangular example found recorded on the PAS database and I’ve not yet found a parallel elsewhere. It is beautifully decorated with openwork and has the type of patina I love.

LVPL-78F55A Iron Age Fob/Dangler

LVPL-78F55A Iron Age Fob/Dangler

Several of the PAS FLOs now tweet about our work but in particular on #FindsFriday so if you are interested in finds check out the PAS database and follow a FLO!

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