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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Treasure finds up 12% last year!

Annual reports for the Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) have shown rises of 12% and 8% respectively in finds recorded in England and Wales for the year 2011.

Figures published last week show that 97,509 finds and 970 treasure cases were recorded during that period.

Public awareness of the work carried out by the PAS is rising, with peak viewing figures of 4.5 million tuning in to the ITV1 series Britain’s Secret Treasures this year.

The programme, which was screened in July, highlighted 50 important finds recorded through the PAS.

According to the PAS annual report, the scope and impact of the scheme’s website is also increasing. The award-winning online database now features 820,000 finds from England and Wales and almost 400,000 images, and was accessed by nearly half a million people last year.

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