Britain's Secret Treasures - Top 50 finds
On Monday, 16 July 2012, at 20.00, hosts Michael Buerk and Bettany Hughes will launch the television programme Britain's Secret Treasures on ITV1. The theme of the show is a review of the top 50 archaeological finds discovered in Britain by members of the public over the last 20 years. The British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), which records items over 300 years old found in England and Wales on its database, has partnered with ITV to make this programme possible.

Since its beginnings as a pilot scheme in 1997, the PAS has recorded almost 800,000 objects and coins, found by the public, on its database. From those finds, the top 50 were chosen by a team of experts based on the items' archaeological and historical significance, aesthetic and narrative appeal. They are special because they shed light on previously little understood periods and events in our past. These finds illustrate the value of cooperation between finders, archaeologists and museums, and it is only through the responsible reporting of these finds that we have their stories to share.

Britain's Secret Treasures will be broadcast on ITV1 throughout the week, with each programme counting down from until the top find is revealed on Sunday, 22 July 2012.
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