What is in the PAS Database Part I: Object Types

This series of blog posts is intended to give readers an overview of the contents, structure, strengths and biases of the Portable Antiquities Scheme database (PASd) of archaeological small finds. Further guides and advice can be found on the PAS website. Building on these, later posts will examine the PAS medieval finds records with particular … More What is in the PAS Database Part I: Object Types

Understanding Medieval Economy through the Portable Antiquities Scheme Data

Weekly markets and annual fairs were integral components of medieval economic life. In England and Wales over 5,000 such individual events have been recorded by the sixteenth century in written sources, demonstrating extraordinary economic vitality that encompassed not only the urban inhabitants of towns but spread deep into the rural countryside. Recent scholarship has rightly … More Understanding Medieval Economy through the Portable Antiquities Scheme Data