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Recording an archaeological find

We rely on members of the public to bring us what they find, to increase everyone’s knowledge of Norfolk’s past.

We record artefacts which are over about 300 years old, and the location where they were found, on the Norfolk Historic Environment Record and the Portable Antiquities Scheme database.  The finder receives a copy of the information that we record when they collect the objects.

Before searching for archaeological finds, you must have the permission of the landowner.  All artefacts belong to the landowner and all land is owned, including footpaths and common land.

If you would like us to record your find, email


Some of the objects that are brought in to us fall within the Treasure Act 1996.

Objects which may qualify as treasure must be reported to the Coroner.