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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
Two studs and bead from Cow Low
Pendant, studJ93.704 Archaeology Around 675 AD1551
Pin from Hay Top.
PinJ93.537 Archaeology 2500-900 BC1882
Pin from Galley Low.
PinJ93.419 Archaeology 2500-900 BC2005
Two pins from near Odin Mine.
PinJ1957.74 Archaeology 1600-17001042
Pin1995.84.7 Archaeology 1066-16002191
Pin1985.669 Archaeology 700-800709
Pin1981.1324 Archaeology 550-400 BC738
Pin2005.108.2.6267 Archaeology 1700-1855462
Pin2005.108.2.6274 Archaeology 1700-1855433
Pin set from Cow Low.
Pin, chainJ93.703 Archaeology 650-7003870
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