What to do if you find an archaeological object

The Archaeological Service is a free to use service that can identify and record archaeological objects found by members of the public.

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Recording Archaeological Objects and Treasure in Suffolk

The Suffolk Finds Recording Team is part of the national Portable Antiquities Scheme. We work closely with individuals, local societies, and metal detecting clubs to identify and record the large numbers of archaeological objects that are found by members of the public each year.

We borrow and record for free:

  • All objects older than 1650
  • Objects of any material, including pottery, flint, metal and bone
  • All potential treasure finds  

You can bring your finds for recording by appointment to our office in Bury St Edmunds or find us on Twitter @SCCArchaeology.

Reporting potential 'Treasure' objects

There is a legal obligation under the Treasure Act 1996 to report any objects that may qualify as Treasure. This includes all objects over 300 years old of gold and silver, all coin hoards, prehistoric base metal hoards, and any associated finds.

More detailed information about Treasure finds and the Treasure Act can be found on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website. However, 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.

Tackling 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).

There is an online reporting system and useful local contact information for Ipswich.

Contact details

Suffolk Finds Recording Team
Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service,
Bury Resource Centre,
Hollow Road,
Bury St Edmunds,
IP32 7AY

Telephone: 01284 741236

Email: archaeology@suffolk.gov.uk

Local Metal detecting clubs:

Guidance documents: