of flint, pottery, metal objects and coins can all tell us a great
deal about the Wiltshire of days gone by," says Katie.
main aim of my job is to reach out to people who find things, whether
in their garden, whilst walking the dog or using a metal detector,"
says Katie, who has been appointed through the Portable Antiquities
Scheme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Re:Source.
Hinds, Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme
has spent four years working with a team of archaeologists in Norfolk
(for the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Norfolk County Council),
identifying and recording thousands of objects, coins, Pottery shards
and flint artefacts found by members of the public, many of whom
were metal detector enthusiasts.
told BBC Wiltshire, "I think I've always been interested in
the past. After university, I started volunteering for my local
museum in Winchester where the scheme was just set up - back in
1999 - and I started as a volunteer there; later jobs came up around
the country and I got one in Norfolk and moved over there."
Katie has a BA in Classical Studies and MA in Classical Archaeology,
both from Liverpool University, and specialises in Bronze
She will work throughout Wiltshire, including Devizes,
Salisbury and Swindon, where she will be at the Museum &
Art Gallery in Old Town one day each week.
Katie can be contacted at Wiltshire Heritage Museum in
Tel 01380 727369.
looking for anything interesting that people dig up in their garden,"
Katie adds, "It doesn't have to look particularly interesting
- Roman coins can appear very cruddy and horrible sometimes but
we are trying to record any chance find that's made - over 300 year's
old - that's our cut off point."
to Katie, a find will have more significance, if details about where
it's found are recorded, together with how deep it's found and what
type of location the object is in.
Age swords and rapiers are often buried on their own - and for some
reason they're buried near a water source or in a river," says
it's thought that maybe there's some kind of special link with water
as to why this happens," she adds.
in Wiltshire: ring for holding the reigns of a Bronze Age chariot,
and flint hand axe.
hopes to set up a scheme as successful as the Norfolk one, where
there has been a tradition of recording finds, and working with
metal detectorists in particular, since the 1970s. She is also keen
to encourage people to bring in their discoveries - however trivial
they might seem.
be surprised - people do bring things in the whole time. A little
boy brought in a Roman coin he'd found in a mole hill in his school
grounds the other day, so people do find things - I mean, I don't
have a very sharp eye for things, but other people do!!
was a case in Gloucester recently where a guy found 15,000 Roman
coins while he was digging his pond - so it's out there!" says
out for more on the Portable Antiquities Scheme in BBC2 series'
"Hidden Treasures" - visit the Hidden Treasure's website
(details in the righthand box) and see the programme on BBC2 on
Tuesday nights at 2000 BST.