Finds reported to PAS up 39%

Simon Stephens, Issue 111/03, p9, 01.03.2011
Increase attributed to treasure hoard publicity
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), which is to be managed directly by the British Museum from next month, is dealing with a sharp increase in the number of archaeological finds.

The number of finds recorded rose 36% last year to 90,029. The number reported under the Treasure Act rose 10% to 859. 

PAS head Roger Bland said the rise was probably the result of greater awareness of the need to report finds, following the publicity generated by the Staffordshire and Frome hoards.