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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 NumberSorted AscendingCollectionDate Made/FoundTimes Viewed
Bead from Hay Top.
BeadJ93.694 Archaeology 600-700 AD3312
One of the two jet necklaces from Cow Low.
NecklaceJ93.430 Archaeology 1586
Necklace from Middleton Moor.
NecklaceJ93.434 Archaeology 2500-900 BC1277
Bead from Cow Low
BeadJ93.705 Archaeology 600-700 AD3116
Pot from Brown Edge.
BeakerJ93.859 Archaeology 2350-1700 BC1676
Pin from Galley Low.
PinJ93.419 Archaeology 2500-900 BC1774
Necklace from Galley Low.
NecklaceJ93.707 Archaeology Around 675 AD1413
One of the beads from Galley Low.
BeadJ93.711 Archaeology 600-700 AD3168
One of the beads from Galley Low.
BeadJ93.712 Archaeology 600-700 AD2251
Dagger pommel from Galley Low.
Dagger pommelJ93.420 Archaeology 1365
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