Discovery Tours

Touching the hand of history™


Identification


Discovery Tours provides identification of all finds made on the tour. Every recordable find is identified by the Discovery Tours team. Discovery Tours have years of experience in identifying finds from all ages. All archaeological recordable finds are given a written description.


After you leave, the finds will be researched and identifications clarified by our archaeological small finds and coin specialists and the information recorded with the UK Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Norfolk HER 'Historic Environment Record', prior to arranging export licenses, which is a legal requirement.


You will always be fully informed as to the importance of your finds and any items that have to be declared as potential treasure under the 1996 Treasure Act .












Discovery Tours takes the recovery of archaeological items from English soil very seriously – you only find it once – and every item is potentially important to the understanding of English history. We fully co-operate, support and are supported by the Portable Antiquities Scheme and some of the UK’s leading archaeological specialists, who fully identify and record Discovery Tours finds and offer advice and knowledge.


Dr Adrian Marsden: Specialist coin advisor to Discovery Tours

Numismatist Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service – specialising in Iron Age, Roman & Medieval coinage -


Adrian (pictured  left) began working for Norfolk Landscape Archaeology as their coin specialist after completing a Doctorate at Oxford University on Roman Imperial portraiture and propaganda. He has published many articles and a book, Roman Coins found in Britain. His research interests include imitative coins in Roman Britain, coin forgery in general, 17th century tokens and Roman votive objects.




Dr John Davies

Keeper of Archaeology, Castle Museum, Norwich – specialising in Iron Age coins and the Boudican period of East Anglia


Dr Tim Pestell

Curator Castle Museum, Norwich – specialising in Anglo Saxon artefacts and papul bullas


Dr Ian Riddler

Independent archaeologist & Small Finds Specialist – specialising in Roman artefacts, bones and tools manufactured from bone.


Dr Andrew Rogerson -Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service – expert on pottery & metal finds


Steven Ashley – Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service – expert in medieval heraldry


Val Fryer – Independent Archaeologist – specialising in small metal finds & environmental archaeology


Dr Michael Lewis – British Museum – Head of Portable Antiquities & Treasure & specialist advisor for export licences specialising in 11th century culture & art history





Pictured left: A 7th C tear-shaped gold pendant, found by in 1999 by Jim B, and acquired by the Castle Museum, Norwich under the 1996 Treasure Act.