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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

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Name of ObjectAccession NumberCollectionDate Made/FoundSorted AscendingTimes Viewed
BeakerJ1957.26 Archaeology 2350-800 BC296
Beaker1981.413 Archaeology 2350-800 BC296
Coin1982.101 Archaeology circa 600296
Food vesselJ1901.38 Archaeology 3250-800 BC296
Food vesselJ1920.72 Archaeology 2000-800 BC296
Bulla1974.643 Archaeology 1261-1264296
Bone working debris2003.242.6.3001.1 Archaeology 19th-early 20th Century296
Needle1981.1319 Archaeology 550-400 BC296
Bodkin1981.1323 Archaeology 550-400 BC296
Pin2005.108.2.6267 Archaeology 1700-1855296
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