Sign on


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

Show Objects
    switch views:
  • view lightbox
  • view single item
  • view list
Name of ObjectAccession NumberCollectionDate Made/FoundSorted AscendingTimes Viewed
Arrowhead, microlith1995.189.3 Archaeology 7000-900 BC9747
Food vesselJ93.794 Archaeology 2500-800 BC10240
Accessory vessel1979.980 Archaeology 2350-800 BC10380
Plate, porringer and small cup from Sheffield Manor.
Vessel, plate, mug, porringer, posset pot, waster1982.51.3 Archaeology 1710-173010762
Accessory vessel1966.254 Archaeology 2350-800 BC10912
Architectural fragment, wall painting1996.14.2 Archaeology 1180-120014065
Some of the finds from Winster including pot, iron and bone object, and ring.
Vessel or urnJ93.1176 Archaeology 17229
Sus scrofa1995.169.2 Archaeology 3500-2000 BC17799
Pot from Liffs Low.
VesselJ93.757A Archaeology Around 2500 BC17968
Accessory vesselJ93.893 Archaeology 20006
gPowered byeMuseum

Museums Sheffield

Trying something new can be a little bit scary, but what a great feeling when you make the connection. We're trying new things all the time and we want you to try them too, so come with us and we'll help connect you with art, nature, history, ideas - and each other.

Jump in. Discover something new.

Explore our site