Ten of the best archaeological discoveries made in Britain by the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Releasing its annual report at the British Museum, the Portable Antiquities Scheme declared its millionth find since it was launched 17 years ago – a Roman coin in a remarkable hoard of 22,000 found in Devon.

Organisers also announced a grant of nearly £800,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will create a national network of up to 50 trained volunteers, increasing opportunities for archaeology in communities with a particular focus on inspiring new participants.

“The sheer variety and diversity of finds registered over the scheme’s 17-year history is extraordinary,” said Neil MacGregor, the museum’s Director, calling the hoard discovery “truly exciting”.

“The success of the PAS and finds.org.uk cannot be overestimated in terms of our understanding of our past.”

Here are ten of the best finds made since the scheme started…

A photo of a golden pot carrying various shiny archaeological artefacts

The Vale of York hoard (AD 900s). North Yorkshire, England. Gilt, gold, silver. York© The Trustees of the British Museum

Two of the largest ever Viking Age hoards found were recorded through the PAS.

The Vale of York Hoard (682 objects) and the Silverdale (Lancashire) Hoard (201 objects) were found during the past decade.

The largest Viking hoard ever found was the Cuerdale Hoard, which had more than 8,600 objects when it was unearthed in 1840.

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