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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 ObjectSorted AscendingAccession NumberCollectionDate Made/FoundTimes Viewed
BeakerJ93.858 Archaeology 2500-1500 BC1011
Pot from Brown Edge.
BeakerJ93.859 Archaeology 2350-1700 BC1532
BeakerJ93.860 Archaeology 2500-1500 BC975
Beaker, human remainsJ93.861 Archaeology 2500-1000 BC990
BeakerJ93.863 Archaeology 2500-1500 BC1048
BeakerJ93.864 Archaeology 2000-900 BC1012
BeakerJ93.865 Archaeology 2500-900 BC1023
BeakerJ93.867 Archaeology 2500-900 BC990
BeakerJ93.868 Archaeology 2350-1700 BC2666
BeakerJ93.871 Archaeology 2350-1800 BC1009
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