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Archaeology

Around 120,000 objects give us a glimpse into over 10,000 years of human activity in the area.  Our large Archaeology Collection contains items of both regional and national significance, ranging from early stone tools to relics of Shropshire’s industrial past.  Strengths of the collection include our Later Prehistoric and Roman material from the County.  

Currently we are working towards: 

  • securing grant aid to create a comprehensive catalogue of the collection which would support research both at the Collections Centre and online.   
  • raising funds to purchase a number of unique Later Prehistoric Hoards found in North Shropshire. 
  • the redevelopment of our Prehistory displays at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in partnership with the British Museum. 

Items from our archaeology collection can be seen at: 

Ludlow Museum

A small display charts the early history of Ludlow from Prehistoric finds excavated at Bromfield Bronze Age Cemetery to medieval ceramics, such as decorated floor tiles from Ludlow Castle. 

Much Wenlock Priory

Much Wenlock Museum

Evidence suggests that there was a small settlement here long before the early medieval period.  However, this was to be transformed by the wealth and importance brought to the area by the establishment of Much Wenlock Priory.   

Dinham Pommel

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Important finds representing Early Prehistory and the Iron Age on display at SM&AG include the Port-Y-Waen Palaeolithic Harpoon and Iron Age Spoons. There is also a large and important collection of Bronze Age metalwork. Significant Roman collections include material from the pre-1950s excavations at Wroxeter, including the Wroxeter Roman Mirror, Hadrianic inscription and Wroxeter tombstones. The Medieval collection is represented principally through ceramics, such as decorated floor tiles. Significant items include the finds from Shrewsbury Abbey and Bridgnorth Friary, as well as chance finds such as the Dinham Pommel and North Shropshire Pendant.

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