In case you didn't know, the Crown Estate (Queen of England) owns the river bed and foreshore of the River Thames which is managed by the Port of London Authority. Technically, everything I find in the Thames is property of the Queen because it was found on her land. (I wish she would invite me over for a cup of tea at Buckingham Palace so I can give back her lost property!) Everyone has to have a permit from the Port of London Authority to search the Thames foreshore, and it is a lawful requirement to take 300+ year old artefacts to the Museum of London to be recorded by a Finds Liaison Officer. I met with the two officers at the museum this week, and I showed them the artefacts in this photo and many more. They took 8 items to be recorded on the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme which is an incredible online database of the millions of artefacts found by members of the public (not archaeologists) throughout the United Kingdom. The Museum of London has already recorded 82 of my finds and is currently recording my Roman axe head, 4th century Roman coin, decorated 16th century Tudor stove tile with flower design, 16th century wine glass stem with raspberry prunts, 16th century bone fid, 17th century cobbler's token, 17th century decorated glass bottle seal and a unique 17th century button which I found on the Thames foreshore. The Museum of London provides a fantastic service of recording these artefacts for future generations to research and understand our history.
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