Unearth the secrets behind your treasures at finds day

finds day

Published Wednesday 13 August 2014

A finds identification day in the New Forest is offering people the chance to have their historical objects analysed by local archaeologists.

Whether your item was found in the garden, during building work or while out for a walk, the experts will seek to identify it and provide you with some fascinating background information.

No booking is required for this free event on 23 August, which is organised by the New Forest National Park Authority at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst.

A variety of experts will be on hand between 10.00am and 4.00pm to help identify your finds, including:

  • Alex Langlands, Time Team member and University of Winchester lecturer
  • Frank Green, New Forest National Park Authority archaeologist
  • Kay Ainsworth, archaeological finds specialist

Finds brought in by the public in previous years have included coins, Roman pottery and prehistoric flints, which have provided exciting new information on the history of the New Forest.

The experts at this year’s finds identification day particularly want to see items that people have found or inherited that relate to World War One in the New Forest. Historical photographs, documents and objects are all of interest and will help to develop the National Park Authority’s World War One project, which begins later this year.

New Forest National Park Authority member John Pemberton said: ‘This finds identification day is an excellent opportunity for people to have their archaeological objects or family heirlooms examined by local experts.

‘Anybody looking to find out more about archaeology in the New Forest will also enjoy having the chance to handle historical artefacts, or hear more about the area’s past from archaeology specialists.’

The day will also include a series of talks by professional archaeologists. Alex Langlands will give a talk on the making of the BBC Two programme ‘Wartime Farm’ and other speakers will cover Anglo-Saxon artwork and the wreck of the Mary Rose.

The Finds Identification Day runs between 10.00am and 4.00pm on 23 August and is a drop in event with no booking required. For more information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/findsday2014.

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Notes to photo editor:

Finds from a marine excavation.

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more

Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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