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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/FoundSorted AscendingTimes Viewed
JugJ97.106 Archaeology 750-600 BC100
FlaskJ97.111 Archaeology 425-350 BC100
CoinJ1916.23a Archaeology 268-271115
CoinJ1931.17 Archaeology 103-111 AD321
Floor tileJ1954.28.2 Archaeology 1200-1400322
Floor tile1996.14.1 Archaeology 1170-1200323
Hammerstone1995.188 Archaeology 2500-900 BC323
PateraJ1901.47 Archaeology 43-400323
BeakerJ1956.37 Archaeology 2350-800 BC323
Fragment of brooch from Roystone Grange.
Brooch1997.1.GRANGE.20 Archaeology 500-600324
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