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Saturday, 4 July 2009

Portland Archaeological Finds Day

Have you ever found a strangely shaped flint or old piece of pottery when you have been walking in Dorset's countryside, or found a corroded piece of metal when diving, and wondered if it is important? Tuesday 7th July there is a chance to find out what your finds are and how they contribute to our knowledge of the county's past.

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, Dorset County Council?s finds liaison officer, and Gordon Le Pard, Maritime Archaeologist with Dorset County Council?s Historic Environment team, will be at The Portland Museum, Wakeham, Portland between 10:00am and 4.00pm.

Ciorstaidh says: "If you have unearthed objects through metal detecting, on the beach or underwater, or just gardening at home then please bring them along and we will tell you what they are. We may ask to borrow them to record the details on our database - this information contributes to our understanding of Dorset's past."

Ciorstaidh works as part of the national Portable Antiquities Scheme which records thousands of items of pottery and flint, metal objects, coins and other finds, dating from prehistory to around 1650, each year.

N.B. Admission: Normal museum admission charges apply

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