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What's Here

The main focus of our collections is the archaeology of North East England but the collection also includes national and international material, much of it excavated by members of Durham University’s Department of Archaeology. 

Read more about each area of the collection or access our online database to find out more about individual objects. 

Prehistoric

Stone tools, cup and ring stones and other material from local excavations

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Ancient Greek

A small but important collection focused on ceramics.

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Roman

Collections reflect the strong Roman presence in the North East

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Anglo-Saxon

Objects from the time when Durham was first settled by the Community of St Cuthbert.

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Medieval

Centred upon local material, revealing life in Durham from 11th to 15th century.

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Post Medieval

Excavated material and significant archives from Durham City.

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Discover our collections

Search Durham collections using our new online database. Explore items from the Museum of Archaeology that aren't on display.

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Object identification

Museum staff are happy to try to help you learn more about an object you would like an opinion on. Please note that we cannot give valuations. 

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