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There's two types of Find Recording:
- Recording Archaeological Objects
- Reporting potential 'Treasure' objects
Recording Archaeological Objects
The Suffolk Finds Recording Team is part of the national Portable Antiquities Scheme. We identify and record archaeological objects that are found in Suffolk by members of the public. For more information about Finds recording in Suffolk please see our Heritage Explorer pages on heritage.suffolk.gov.uk.
Reporting potential 'Treasure' objects
There is a legal obligation under the Treasure Act 1996 to report any objects that may qualify as Treasure to the coroner within 14 days. The Suffolk FLOs can advise on the Treasure Act and report treasure to the Suffolk coroner on the finder’s behalf.
More detailed information about Treasure finds and the Treasure Act can be found on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.
If you think you may have an item of Treasure, or are uncertain whether your find could be Treasure, please contact us as soon as possible for advice. For any enquiries regarding the recording of archaeological objects found in Suffolk, including treasure, please contact us on:
- 01284 741230
Whilst Suffolk is in Tier 4 the Finds Recording Team cannot arrange any appointments for members of the public to collect and deliver finds. The team are available by phone and email for other enquiries.
Reporting heritage crime
We support the initiative, Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH), by English Heritage, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to tackle all types of heritage crime (for example illegal metal detecting, damage to scheduled monuments or listed buildings).