Links and Bibliographic Resources for Roman Finds Research

Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a DCMS-funded project which records the thousands of objects found every year by the public in England and Wales. Their website hosts their extremely useful, searchable database of artefacts, as well as object guides, news items and interesting blogs.

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Artefacts ©, Online Encyclopaedia of Archaeological Small Finds.

An increasingly good resource to use for identification and research purposes is which currently lists more than 288,000 small finds in its database. It also provides a bibliography of 14,282 titles, of which 3,984 are available online (27.89%) as PDF files. Users can create distribution maps of selected objects and join a forum to discuss finds or ask for help with identification. Much is in French, but there is no problem in posting in English either (translation of object pages is currently done automatically via Google Translate, which can sometimes result in some slightly odd turns of phrase). is a platform to enable sharing of academic research. Papers are presented on a variety of subjects; search within ‘archaeology’ by area of interest or object type. logo

Research gate

A similar resource to Academia is, where users can generate DOIs for their titles.

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Instrumentum is a European working group on crafts in Antiquity. Their website includes an excellent bibliography. RFG Members can receive discounted membership to Instrumentum; click here for details.


The German Archaeological Institute publish an annual bibliography called Zenon ( It lists the holdings of all the libraries which are part of the German Archaeological Institute and its departments worldwide as well as links to the British School at Athens and some other institutions.

Other links

The title lists of publishers can also provide useful research tools, eg. there are now more than 10000 titles list in

For days when you are feeling really cross, the Curse Tablets of Roman Britain page might be the right resource!

Hilary Cool’s introductory notes to Roman small finds, bracelets and archaeological glass are also very useful.

Other Special Interest Groups

Other Sites of Interest