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Archaeology Collection


Verulamium’s archaeological collection began with the material excavated by Sir Mortimer Wheeler in the 1930s. The museum now holds the finds from across the district recovered in the eighty years since Wheeler’s work finished.

As well as the Roman finds from all the excavations in and around Verulamium, including material from villas, cemeteries, farmsteads and temples, we hold in store or on display at the Museum of St Albans, material from the Abbey excavations, Sopwell Nunnery and the medieval town that underlies modern St Albans.

Our archives also  include the paperwork, drawings & photographs from each excavation, and material from recent excavations prior to its publication and inclusion into exhibitions and displays. The archives provide opportunities for future research and analysis of materials as new techniques develop.

Verulamium’s archaeology collections range in time from the Palaeolithic around half a million years ago to the twentieth century and include Iron Age, Saxon, medieval and post medieval material as well as Roman.