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Archaeology

The archaeology collections include material excavated from Sheffield and the Peak District region as well as objects from Ancient Egyptian, Roman and other non-British societies.

The collection was founded by the Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society and was transferred to Sheffield’s first public museum at Weston Park in 1875. The collection includes important prehistoric and Anglo-Saxon finds derived from burial mounds in the Derbyshire Peak District by Thomas Bateman between 1840 and 1861. Bateman’s collection includes the Benty Grange Helmet which was the first Anglo-Saxon helmet to be found in Britain.

Around 30% of the collection comprises nationally important material from Sheffield and South Yorkshire dating from Prehistory to the industrial developments of the 1800s. This includes flint implements from Mesolithic sites such as Deepcar and grinding stones used for flour production in Iron Age Wharncliffe. Material such as pottery, knives and coins from Sheffield Castle, which was destroyed above ground in the 1640s, show the town’s importance during the medieval period. Later finds include 18th century pottery from Sheffield Manor and glassware from Gawber and Bolsterstone.

In the last decade the collection has been enhanced by bulk accessions of small archaeological fragments derived from excavations at 18th, 19th and 20th century industrial sites across Sheffield.

You can explore Sheffield's collection in more detail by visiting our subsite idigsheffield.org.uk

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Name of ObjectAccession NumberCollectionDate Made/FoundTimes Viewed
Accessory vesselJ93.893 Archaeology 1960
Accessory vesselJ93.895 Archaeology 3988
Accessory vessel1966.254 Archaeology 2350-800 BC3096
Accessory vessel1979.980 Archaeology 2350-800 BC2584
Accessory vessel1979.904 Archaeology 2350-800 BC2037
Accessory vessel, FlintsJ93.882 Archaeology 2500-900 BC946
Altar vaseJ1954.26 Archaeology 1500-160014860
Orb from Wigber Low.
Amulet1996.716.2 Archaeology 600-700 AD14639
AmuletJ19.8.75.41 Archaeology probably 664-332 BC28545
AmuletJ7.10.75.57 Archaeology probably 664-525 BC27977
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