Islanders who discover something in Jersey that might be of historical interest have a new person to contact, following the appointment of Perry Mesney as Jersey Heritage’s Finds Liaison Officer (FLO).
Perry is based at Jersey Archive and is responsible for recording archaeological objects found by members of the public onto the Historic Environment Record (HER) so that they can be mapped and used to enhance knowledge of Jersey’s history.
He has a degree in Archaeology and worked as an archaeologist in the UK before returning to Jersey. Perry previously worked as a Field Archaeologist with the Société Jersiaise, as well as working with Jersey Heritage and he helped with the Young Archaeologists’ Club. He is also a member of Jersey 1781 Jersey Militia re-enactment group.
Roger Hills, Jersey Heritage’s Head of Historic Environment, said: “Perry is a great addition to the Historic Environment team. He already has a wealth of knowledge of Jersey’s history and an enthusiasm to learn more through his work with the community, which includes members of the general public and groups, such as the Metal Detectorists Club.”
Perry said: “For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in archaeology and history and I feel honoured to be able to see, record and continue learning about the archaeology of Jersey every day. Being able to promote the Island’s unique history as the Finds Liaison Officer is a dream job for me.
“We are very lucky in Jersey to be surrounded by so many historical and archaeological sites and I would encourage people to go out and explore this incredible landscape. If they happen to find anything interesting along the way, I’d ask them to please get in touch, even if they are unsure of its significance. Many important objects have been found by chance over the years.”
Advice to finders:
- Finders should report any possible archaeological objects to the Finds Liaison Officers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 833141.
- Ideally, an object should be left in position unless it is under threat of damage or theft. If a finder sees something that may be significant, they are asked to take a photograph of it and record the location.
- Finds will be recorded by the FLO and added to the Jersey Historic Environment Record at her.jerseyheritage.org.
- Finds are returned once the recording process is complete, although finders can choose to donate to the collections.
- Where a site is Listed for its special archaeological interest, it is against the law to use a metal detector, to insert a probe into the surface of the site or to dig a hole. Consent can be sought for these works when justified as part of research or linked to development. Archaeological objects should be left in place in or on a Listed site. If an object is under threat of loss, for example being washed away in an incoming tide, then if removed the finder should record the accurate position and then immediately take the object, or report it, to the FLO.
- Treasure Trove – objects of gold or silver found hidden or buried – belong to the Crown and must by law be reported to the Receiver General. If the find is declared treasure trove, the finder may receive a reward.
- If a weapon, ammunition, ordnance or human remains are discovered, the finder should inform the police.