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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 NumberCollectionSorted AscendingDate Made/FoundTimes Viewed
TokenJ1929.99 Archaeology 1845-1870264
Flask, ampulla2008.390 Archaeology 1850-18602182
TokenJ1904.3 Archaeology 1852278
Ticket, tokenJ1917.6 Archaeology 1855272
Painting of Thomas Bateman and son
Thomas Bateman and his son1961.182 Archaeology 18607390
CrossJ28.7.75.2 Archaeology Around 18753606
Token1975.752a Archaeology 1875-1920294
Button1995.79.12 Archaeology 1899-19022546
Five bottles with brand names from Catcliffe.
Bottle, slag, kiln furniture1995.103.2 Archaeology Around 19001230
Token1972.519 Archaeology 20th Century326
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