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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/FoundTimes Viewed
Pot from Liffs Low.
VesselJ93.757A Archaeology Around 2500 BC14392
VesselJ31.5.78.44 Archaeology 30 BC-395 AD783
VesselJ1921.16 Archaeology 4000-3000 BC846
VesselJ1939.61 Archaeology about 1200 BC778
VesselJ97.30 Archaeology 100-200 AD4138
VesselJ99.17 Archaeology 80-400 AD4421
Vessel2018.826 Archaeology 43-409 AD4205
Some of the finds from Winster including pot, iron and bone object, and ring.
Vessel or urnJ93.1176 Archaeology 12700
Plate, porringer and small cup from Sheffield Manor.
Vessel, plate, mug, porringer, posset pot, waster1982.51.3 Archaeology 1710-17308569
Votive modelJ1956.91 Archaeology circa 2000 BC4501
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