The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is run by the British Museum and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales to encourage the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Many of the discoveries made at Happisburgh are recorded in the PAS website where they help advance our knowledge and understanding of the history and archaeology of the Happisburgh area. You can search the PAS database yourself or click on the images below to be taken to the PAS object record. The images below are just a small selection of the Palaeolithic artefacts that have been discovered along the North Norfolk coast, so do visit the PAS website if you would like to see more!
If you would like to view some of the Happisburgh artefacts in 3D you can view movies of artefacts recovered during excavations at Happisburgh Site 3, the oldest archaeological site in northern Europe. These movies were created using micro-CT and published in the Supplementary information for our 2010 Nature article Early Pleistocene human occupation at the edge of the boreal zone in northwest Europe. Three of the movies are listed below, more can be accessed through the Nature article (no paywall for Supplementary information).
Movie 1: Movie begins with artefact HSB3.2008.54 in the dorsal view, rotating once to show retouched edges, the ventral surface and bulb of percussion. (MOV 12130 kb)
Movie 2: Movie begins with artefact HSB3.2006.1026 in the dorsal view, rotating once to show flake scars, the ventral surface and bulb of percussion. (MOV 9723 kb)
Movie 3: Movie begins with artefact HSB3.2006.1013 in the dorsal view, rotating once to show the ventral surface and bulb of percussion. (MOV 15394 kb)
A place to share artwork inspired by Happisburgh’s Palaeolithic past. Contributions welcome from young and old!
A place to meet some of the amazing collectors whose eagle eyes bring Palaeolithic finds to our attention.