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.
Islamic coins and medals cannot be identified at the ID service at this time
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for artefacts: email@example.com
Local finds can be reported in the national database: Portable Antiquities Database. The Oxfordshire Find Liaison Officer, Anni Byard (part of the Portable Antiquities Database), attends the Object Identification Service Sessions. You can also contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.