Regional archaeology collection

Detail of swan pattern on the rim of the Burton mortarium

About this collection

The regional archaeology collection includes objects which date from the Mesolithic to the modern periods, and provide evidence about how life in Merseyside has changed through its long history.

The wide-ranging collection reflects the changing landscape, settlement-pattern, lifestyles and experiences of people living in the region over the last 9,000 years.

The collection is particularly strong in the areas of the region’s earliest communities, rural settlement, vernacular building recording and mercantile Liverpool.

Collection highlights

New material

We frequently add to the collection, including new material from commercial excavations, community archaeology projects and metal-detector finds. The collection encompasses finds, paper and digital archives from excavations, watching briefs, building recording and desk-based assessments.

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