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dsc00001Just before Christmas, the museum, and the PAS (Portable Antiquities Scheme) team in particular, bade a sad farewell to Cristina who had been with us for a year. Cristina Sanna hails from Sardinia and has now returned, temporarily at least, to the warmer climes which we know she missed.

Cristina came, originally, as an intern until May 2016 on the Erasmus scheme (an EU exchange initiative which allows students to develop skills abroad) but stayed after successfully gaining a bursary from the British Numismatic Society to work for a month on the museum’s Pitt Rivers coin collection (more than 1 200 coins. See part of her report below). She finally gained employment as Finds Liaison Assistant (funded by the British Museum’s PAS) at Salisbury Museum.

During her time with us, she identified and recorded nearly 1 400 objects for the PAS. She also made a lot of friends. Thank you Cristina.  We look forward to meeting you again.


From Cristina’s report…

“As part of the “Finding Pitt-Rivers” Project, founded by Arts Council England, The Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum started a systematic revision of  his Wessex Collection and has developed an on-line, open access database, which allows anyone to search for a type of object and obtain basic information about its identification, dimensions, period and area of discovery…As winner of a bursary placement from the British Numismatic Society for the month of June 2016 my project was focused on the study and recording of the Bokerly Dike and Woodyates coins, never fully completed before that date. The methodology applied was based on direct observation of all the coins followed by a systematic description, measurement of diameter and weight, identification of the inscriptions, identification of the reverse and obverse type as well as the mint where the coin was struck, indication of the date of issue, die axis and Reece period. When possible the coins have been associated with a reference catalogue.”