The Object Identification Service is run by our Antiquities Department and Heberden Coin Room in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). The scheme encourages voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. We aim to identify all archaeological objects and coins brought in that are within the scope of our expertise.
We cannot currently provide a service for the identification of prehistoric stone or flint objects, or Chinese coinage.
We cannot provide valuation or authentication of objects.
Neither the Ashmolean Museum nor the Portable Antiquities Scheme staff members can accept liability for opinions given on objects submitted for examination, or for information provided.
Pre-booking is not required, but let us know in advance if you intend to bring a large number of objects; the service can get busy and we may need to restrict the number of objects to see everyone who attends a given session.
Contact for coins: email@example.com
Contact for artefacts: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very happy to see local finds but please note that the Portable Antiquities Scheme's Finds Liaison Officer for Oxfordshire post is currently vacant and our capacity to record finds onto the PAS's Database is limited. The details for the PAS's current Finds Liaison Officers, including those in surrounding counties, can be found here.
TREASURE ACT, 1996
All finders of treasure have a legal obligation to report such items under the Treasure Act, 1996.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme provides several online guides to help you to identify your own coins and archaeological objects. Topics covered include:
IDENTIFY A WORK OF ART
Are you hoping to identify a work of art? Please consult our Study Rooms for Eastern Art and Western Art.