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    The Finds Research Group Datasheets represent an acknowledged source of both authority and innovation in the field of finds research.

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    Conferences, meetings and visits...
    The Finds Research Group holds regular conferences, meetings and visits throughout the calendar year.

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    Dive into Durham
    'A major research facility, probably the largest collection of late- and post-medieval finds in the North of England: a unique regional/national resource'.

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    Our galleries
    Our galleries feature many wonderful images of small finds and from our various trips and meetings...

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    Our slideshows
    View our various slideshow presentations which feature images from our various meetings and events which focus on themes related to the identification ond interpretation of finds...


The Finds Research Group

The Finds Research Group (FRG) is a forum for people interested in or researching artefacts of the Anglo-Saxon, Viking, medieval and post-medieval periods.

We provide a means by which we can all communicate and discuss topics relevant to the subject of finds identification and interpretation.

Membership is open to everyone interested in finds of the period.

The main activities of the FRG include themed day conferences and meetings, and the production of information sheets on different types of objects (The Finds Research Group Datasheets).


Our meetings - open to all but with preferential rates for members - are held regularly and include one-day events that focus on themes related to the identification and interpretation of finds. With no regional bias, FRG meetings are made accessible to the widest membership and are held country-wide and abroad. Over the last few years we've held meetings at Sutton Hoo, in Lincoln, London, Dublin, Edinburgh, the Isle of Man and Orkney and have made short trips to museums to view exhibitions, most recently to the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden and the Vikings exhibition at the British Museum.

We regularly co-host meetings with other finds study groups and societies - such as the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, the Roman Finds Group, and the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland - and with professional bodies, in order to widen our network and encourage information exchange. These have proved very popular and productive in the past. We hope to continue these collaborations and welcome suggestions from groups for future joint meetings and conferences.



FRG Datasheets on particular categories of objects are produced regularly and provide up to the minute reports on current research and research interests along with a bibliography. New Datasheets are sent out to all members with the annual mailings as a part of FRG membership.

Datasheets 1–24 and 25–40 are now available as two books and back-numbers of the last three most recent Datasheets are available for purchase. Previous Datasheets are available as PDF downloads from the FRG website or as a postal request from our membership secretary. Offers to contribute new Datasheets are warmly encouraged and should be made to the 'the Datasheet Editor' by email: findsresearch@gmail.com

Find out more here: FRG Datasheets.