Yorkshire has been at the heart of English history for over 2,000 years and has been shaped by Roman and Viking invaders, the conflict of the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil Wars. With such a wealth of heritage to uncover, 50 Finds from Yorkshire considers the spectacular and the everyday finds that help to illuminate Yorkshire's hidden past.
Objects found by the public, and recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, have produced some of the most important discoveries from the region in recent times. These finds have helped to refine our understanding of Yorkshire's history and the lives of the people who lived there. Ranging from spectacular hoards of silver buried by the Vikings to unique Celtic fittings which show that people in Yorkshire had their own style, these finds can be woven into the narrative of the past. They also get us closer than ever to the ordinary people, with seals naming individuals and trader's tokens identifying occupations. There are also tantalising glimpses of the Roman cult of Mithras active in rural Yorkshire. Every object found is another thread in the rich tapestry that is the history of Yorkshire.
50 Finds from Yorkshire highlights these amazing discoveries and explores how they help to define our understanding of one of the most significant areas of Britain.
Amy Downes gained a first class degree in archaeology from the University of York and has stayed in Yorkshire ever since. She joined the Portable Antiquities Scheme in 2006 as Finds Liaison Officer for South and West Yorkshire. She has recorded over 10,000 archaeological objects on the PAS database. While studying archaeology at the University of York, Rebecca Griffiths began volunteering with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Following her graduation in 2009 she gained an internship with the PAS and in 2011 became Finds Liaison Officer for North and East Yorkshire. She has also recorded over 10,000 finds.