About the Author:
Vanessa Oakden has been the Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, since 2008. She studied History and Archaeology at the University of Wales Bangor before completing an M.Phil in Medieval History at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to relocating to England she worked within commercial archaeology in Ireland. As a finds specialist Vanessa works with objects from Prehistory to 1700 with a particular interest in the Early Medieval period.