Museum of Archaeology, Durham University

Museum of Archaeology, Durham University Durham University's Museum of Archaeology tells the story of Durham from prehistory to the present day. Free entry.

‘After’ image courtesy of Jeff Vietch⠀Conservation can help us preserve metal artefacts for the future. This objec...
24/06/2019

‘After’ image courtesy of Jeff Vietch⠀
Conservation can help us preserve metal artefacts for the future. This object has undergone post-excavation conservation treatment which included cleaning it with a mixture of ethanol and deionised water to remove the dirt and removing some of the corrosion using a glass bristle brush. The sandy yellow colour of this axe head in the ‘before’ picture was mostly dirt!⠀

#conservation #metalwork #axehead #hoard #museumofarchaeologydurham #durham #prehistoricpioneers #durhamuniversity

Image courtesy of Katie Sawyer⠀⠀This awesome replica of Bronze Age style fabric was made out of nettles by Durham Un...
20/06/2019

Image courtesy of Katie Sawyer⠀

This awesome replica of Bronze Age style fabric was made out of nettles by Durham University student Katie Sawyer! People in Bronze Age Britain made clothes from different types of fabric. Plant and animal fibres, such as nettles, wool and hemp, were transformed through processes including spinning, weaving and sewing. Most people wore tunics, often belted or worn with jewelled clasps.⠀

#nettle #prehistory #clothing #fabrics #dailylife #dumuseums #museumofarchaeology #weaving

Did you know that you can book tickets for guided tours of Durham Castle from the reception at Palace Green Library? And...
17/06/2019

Did you know that you can book tickets for guided tours of Durham Castle from the reception at Palace Green Library? And whilst you’re waiting, why not take a look around the Museum of Archaeology? The Museum is on the first floor of Palace Green Library - you can find us up the stairs or via the accessible lift.

#durhamcastle #palacegreenlibrary #museumofarchaeology #worldheritage

Metalworkers were important people in Bronze Age society. Their master skills in metalworking meant they held a privileg...
14/06/2019

Metalworkers were important people in Bronze Age society. Their master skills in metalworking meant they held a privileged status in the social hierarchy. Increasing wealth is indicated by the way people were buried and the variety of belongings buried alongside them - known as grave goods. These could include decorative jewellery, precious metals such as gold or exotic trade goods. Wealthier people were buried with more luxurious items.⠀

#trade #bronzeage #prehistory #dumuseums #archaeology #metalworking

We are finally seeing the results of our hard work. In this session we got to see the specialist mounts that will go in ...
11/06/2019

We are finally seeing the results of our hard work. In this session we got to see the specialist mounts that will go in our display cases. Each of these conservation-grade mounts has been custom-made to show off a single object. How cool is that?!⠀

#prehistoricpioneers #dumuseums #museumofarchaeology #archaeology #bronzeage #hoard

Workshop session! Getting valuable insight to what goes on behind the scenes. We would not have been able to create our ...
09/06/2019

Workshop session! Getting valuable insight to what goes on behind the scenes. We would not have been able to create our ‘Prehistoric Pioneers’ exhibition without the help of the fantastic Museum Technicians. In this picture one of our team members is learning how to make a plinth.⠀
#teamwork #workshop #behindthescenes #exhibition #plinths

This is what a tin ore and refined tin metal look like! Bronze is made by melting together copper and tin. Tin in Britai...
06/06/2019

This is what a tin ore and refined tin metal look like! Bronze is made by melting together copper and tin. Tin in Britain is mostly found in Devon and Cornwall, and you can see that this tin came from the Cornish Geevor Tin Mine. South West Britain was an important source of tin during the Bronze Age, and this metal was traded throughout Europe. ⠀

#bronze #copper #tin #tinrore #bronzeage #archaeology #bronzeagebritain #cornwall #devon

This is what a copper ore looks like! Copper and tin combined make Bronze.⠀⠀#bronze #copper #tin #copperore #bronzea...
03/06/2019

This is what a copper ore looks like! Copper and tin combined make Bronze.⠀

#bronze #copper #tin #copperore #bronzeage #archaeology #bronzeagebritain

This timeline shows some important moments in world history from around the time of the British Bronze Age. It is consid...
30/05/2019

This timeline shows some important moments in world history from around the time of the British Bronze Age. It is considered part of ‘prehistory’ because people of Bronze Age Britain did not create written records. ⠀

#bronzeage #britain #timeline #archaeology #dumuseums

We are so excited about our upcoming shows. Our Bronze Age exhibition, ‘Prehistoric Pioneers’, is open from 14 June ...
27/05/2019

We are so excited about our upcoming shows. Our Bronze Age exhibition, ‘Prehistoric Pioneers’, is open from 14 June to 24 November 2019. ‘Wild’, an exhibition celebrating the natural history of the British Isles, will also be open from 18 May to 6 October 2019. Both are free entry!⠀

#exhibitions #palacegreenlibrary #museumofarchaeology #durham #wild #prehistoricpioneers

29/04/2019
Durham University

Tonight’s show will feature the Museum of Archaeology gallery at Palace Green and some of the River Wear objects Gary has loaned to the Museum of Archaeology.

The History Channel's River Hunters will be exploring Durham's River Wear on Monday evening!

Watch for a sneak preview of Gary Bankhead, an expert diver and archaeologist with our Archaeology department, searching for artefacts in the Wear with presenters Rick Edwards and Beau Ouimette.

👉http://fal.cn/AdIC

Come check us out when we open in June!⁣⁣#prehistoricpioneers #museumofarchaeology #palacegreen #bronzeagebritain #e...
22/04/2019

Come check us out when we open in June!⁣

#prehistoricpioneers #museumofarchaeology #palacegreen #bronzeagebritain #exhibition #freeentry #exciting #dumuseums⁣

This is a Bronze Age sword fragment. Though it may not look like it now, it was once someone’s precious possession. Sw...
18/04/2019

This is a Bronze Age sword fragment. Though it may not look like it now, it was once someone’s precious possession. Swords were often seen as personal, and much practice was put into wielding them. During the Bronze Age we see a rise in sword manufacture. The sword was the first tool invented for the sole purpose of combat. ⁣

#museumofarchaeology #durham #dumuseums #bronzeage #archaeology #sword #objectsandartefacts ⁣

Selecting specific objects is a hard task when you have so many beautiful items to choose from!⁣⁣⁣#archaeology #br...
11/04/2019

Selecting specific objects is a hard task when you have so many beautiful items to choose from!⁣


#archaeology #bronzeage #hoard #museumofarchaeology #durham #dumuseums #objectsandartefacts ⁣

Our graphic design artist is hard at work. This drawing depicts metalworking by a Bronze Age man casting axeheads and sp...
08/04/2019

Our graphic design artist is hard at work. This drawing depicts metalworking by a Bronze Age man casting axeheads and spearheads!⁣


#graphicdesign #prehistoricpioneers #exhibition #artist #bronzeage #metalwork #casting #dumuseums⁣

A beautiful Bronze Age axe head. Such tools are very commonly found in hoards, along with other tools and weapons such a...
04/04/2019

A beautiful Bronze Age axe head. Such tools are very commonly found in hoards, along with other tools and weapons such as spearheads and swords.⁣

#museumofarchaeology #durham #dumuseums #bronzeage #archaeology #axehead #objectsandartefacts ⁣

Have you been to see the stunning Durham Cathedral yet? Did you know the Museum of Archaeology is right next door? Why n...
03/03/2019

Have you been to see the stunning Durham Cathedral yet? Did you know the Museum of Archaeology is right next door? Why not pop in and see our current exhibition ‘Living on the Hills’? See for yourself the evidence left behind of everyday life in Durham for the past 10 000 years. Free entry!

#museumofarchaeologydurham #durham #dumuseums #durhamarchaeology #archeology #durhamcathedral

Our upcoming exhibition “prehistoric pioneers” is now up on our website events page! #prehistoricpioneers #museumofa...
27/02/2019

Our upcoming exhibition “prehistoric pioneers” is now up on our website events page! #prehistoricpioneers #museumofarchdurham #museum

Exhibition planning! There is a huge amount of work involved in getting an exhibition up and running. It is a lengthy bu...
21/02/2019

Exhibition planning! There is a huge amount of work involved in getting an exhibition up and running. It is a lengthy but very enjoyable process, and we cannot wait to share with you our journey.
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#museumofarchaeologydurham #durham #durhamtoday #prehistoricpioneers #exhibition #studentexhibition #hardatwork #workinprogress #dumuseums

We are working hard on finalising our object list. Isn’t this spearhead stunning?...#prehistoricpioneers #museumofarch...
14/02/2019

We are working hard on finalising our object list. Isn’t this spearhead stunning?
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#prehistoricpioneers #museumofarchaeologydurham #archeology #dumuseums #bronzeage #objectsandartefacts #spearhead #exhibition #exciting

WELCOME to the Museum of Archaeology’s Instagram account. We are so excited to share with you the daily workings and a...
12/02/2019

WELCOME to the Museum of Archaeology’s Instagram account. We are so excited to share with you the daily workings and activities of the museums and our current exhibition “Living on the Hills”, in addition to presenting this year’s MA student exhibition ‘Prehistoric Pioneers’! To meet the team responsible for this exhibition, please view the pictures above. Enjoy!

#museumofarchaeologydurham #dumuseums #prehistoricpioneers

Object of the month at the Museum of ArchaeologyThis is a gold finger ring dating to the medieval period, c. 15th centur...
20/12/2018

Object of the month at the Museum of Archaeology
This is a gold finger ring dating to the medieval period, c. 15th century. The ring is circular in plan and sub-rectangular in section. The outer face of the hoop of the ring has incised decoration two hands and two feet each of which has a circular hole through it. There is also a simple heart shape which has a pointed oval shape on the left side, perhaps to represent the piercing of the heart.

These motifs likely represent the Five Wounds of Christ which were thought to have protective qualities. In between each wound there are a series of droplets which are likely to represent blood and may have previously held enamel.

Object of the month at the Museum of ArchaeologyAnglo-Saxon material is very rare in Durham City. This is a cast silver,...
22/11/2018

Object of the month at the Museum of Archaeology

Anglo-Saxon material is very rare in Durham City. This is a cast silver, gilded Anglo-Saxon pyramidal mount from a sword scabbard dating to the late 6th or 7th century AD. Pyramid mounts such as this one appear to have been used on scabbards, perhaps to tie the sword onto the scabbard.

The mount is pyramid-shaped with a hollow square base which retains a cast integral transverse bar. Each of the four side faces feature incised decoration which retains the remains of gilding. On two of the faces (opposite one another) there are a series of semi-circles decreasing in size upwards and creating the effect of fish-scales. The other two faces depict a triple-stranded circle or curved-sided triangle. On top of the mount there is a small square cell with a small flat-cut garnet which lies over cross-hatched gold foil.

Only a week left to see our Shattering Perceptions: Women of Archaeology exhibition.
22/10/2018

Only a week left to see our Shattering Perceptions: Women of Archaeology exhibition.

Object of the month at the Museum of Archaeology. A gold 17th Century mourning ring. On the inside of the ring is an ins...
21/10/2018

Object of the month at the Museum of Archaeology.

A gold 17th Century mourning ring. On the inside of the ring is an inscribed inscription which reads 'Sr John Marlay dyed 21th Octbr 73'. John Marlay died 345 years ago today.

The decoration on the ring takes the form of a skull. On either side of the skull there is some incised cross-hatching decoration which stops in a point in the middle of the width of the band. The point has a star incised at that point. There are some traces of black enamel in the incised decoration although it is likely that there would have been more enamel which is now missing.

The English Civil Wars had a substantial impact on the North East. Sir John Marlay was mayor of the City of Newcastle three times between 1637 and 1662. He helped to defend the city during the Civil Wars and after his death in 1673 he was buried in St Nicholas Church, Newcastle.

Mourning rings are known from the Middle Ages and by the 17th century it was common to bequeath a ring or money for one in a well. They are commonly gold with a design in black enamel with the name and date of death of the deceased on the inside

We are replacing the lift to the Museum of Archaeology and the gallery will be closed from the 15th-21st October.
13/10/2018

We are replacing the lift to the Museum of Archaeology and the gallery will be closed from the 15th-21st October.

Short Closure and Restricted Access - Museum of Archaeology and Durham Light Infantry Gallery

The Museum of Archaeology and Durham Light Infantry Gallery will be closed from 15th – 21st October 2018 as work to replace the current lift will begin.

After the initial works the Museum and Gallery will be reopen on 22nd October, but there will be no lift access from 22nd October until 18th November.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

13/10/2018

From 9pm Saturday 13th October until 5pm Sunday 14th October the Museum of Archaeology will be only accessible to Durham Book Festival ticket holders.

A nice article in Current Archaeology on both the Bodies of Evidence exhibition at a Palace Green Library and the studen...
29/09/2018
Review – Bodies of Evidence - Current Archaeology

A nice article in Current Archaeology on both the Bodies of Evidence exhibition at a Palace Green Library and the students Shattering Perceptions exhibition upstairs in the Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green Library.

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-bodies-of-evidence.htm

The whereabouts of some of the estimated 1,700 men who died in captivity after the Battle of Dunar was not known until the discovery of human remains in two pits during building work at the city’s Palace Green Library in 2013. Today, a memorial plaque on the wall outside the library’s courtyard ...

Our temporary exhibition Shattering Perceptions showcases the achievements of a number of women have made, and continue ...
26/09/2018

Our temporary exhibition Shattering Perceptions showcases the achievements of a number of women have made, and continue to make in archaeology.

One of these women is Prof. Rosemary Cramp. Rosemary Cramp was the first female professor at Durham University and was head of the Department of Archaeology from 1971 to 1990. She has made substantial contribution to archaeology. She is proud of being a Trustee of the British Museum for 20 years, a member of Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, the Royal Commissioner for Scotland for 20 years and President of the Council for British Archaeology (1989-1992). She has also excavated at numerous archaeological sites and contributed significantly to the understanding of Anglo Saxon, Medieval, and Roman settlements.

The bead is from her excavations at Catterick.

This is the first time this ring has gone on display in the Museum of Archaeology as part of the Shattering Perception e...
11/09/2018

This is the first time this ring has gone on display in the Museum of Archaeology as part of the Shattering Perception exhibition.

The ring was found a local female metal detectorist. Both metal detectorists and archaeologists are dedicated to unearthing the past, and spend many hours investigating the ground. There are important rules that metal detectors must follow. For example, metal detecting is illegal without written permission from the landowner.

Since the passing of the 1996 Treasure Act, there are certain objects which finders are legally required to report to the government. Such objects include anything made of silver or gold, hoards of coins that are at least 300 years old, and clusters of prehistoric metalwork.

The Treasure Act prompted the founding of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a service that records finds and places them in an online database for everybody to see. This ring was declared Treasure and was acquired by the Museum of Archaeology.

The temporary exhibition Shattering Perceptions features fact files to learn about the women behind the archaeology! The...
20/08/2018

The temporary exhibition Shattering Perceptions features fact files to learn about the women behind the archaeology! These will tell you about their work and achievements during their archaeological careers.

Our temporary exhibition Shattering Perceptions showcases the achievements of a number of women have made, and continue ...
07/08/2018

Our temporary exhibition Shattering Perceptions showcases the achievements of a number of women have made, and continue to make in archaeology.

One of these women is Vicky Garlick who works in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. Vicky is a conservator and is highly skilled at preserving historic objects for the future. She has worked on many types of objects, most notably the Lanchester Diploma in the Museum of Archaeology.

No object was harmed in the making of the poster for the Shattering Perceptions exhibition. A number of pictures were ta...
29/07/2018

No object was harmed in the making of the poster for the Shattering Perceptions exhibition.

A number of pictures were taken of the complete vessel and then technology was used to break it apart.

26/07/2018

Our temporary exhibition Shattering Perceptions showcases the achievements of a number of women have made, and continue to make in archaeology.

One of the women featured in the exhibition is Gertrude Bell (1868-1926). Bell was the first woman to graduate with a First-Class degree in Modern History from Oxford University. She discovered and excavated at the Al-Ukhadir Fortress in modern day Iraq. In her will, Bell established a generous fund to create the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, which is now named in her memory.

Look out for Tilly around the gallery to learn fun facts about archaeology and the women featured in the exhibition Shat...
23/07/2018

Look out for Tilly around the gallery to learn fun facts about archaeology and the women featured in the exhibition Shattering Perceptions.

Our temporary exhibition Shattering Perceptions showcases the achievements of a number of women have made, and continue ...
11/07/2018

Our temporary exhibition Shattering Perceptions showcases the achievements of a number of women have made, and continue to make in archaeology.

One of these women was Grace Simpson (1920 - 2007). She made rubbings of Samian pottery sherds to identify the specific patterns belonging to individual potters. She co-authored the book Central Gaulish Pottery, which is still used for research today. Simpson’s research made it possible to identify potters based on the designs they used to decorate their wares.

Shattering Perceptions have been busy installing their exhibition for the past week, here are a few snapshots of what th...
13/06/2018

Shattering Perceptions have been busy installing their exhibition for the past week, here are a few snapshots of what they have been up to. The exhibition opens tomorrow, come along and find out about the diverse achievements of women in archaeology

The Shattering Perceptions team have been busy preparing material for their exhibition installation. Come to the Wolfson...
08/06/2018

The Shattering Perceptions team have been busy preparing material for their exhibition installation. Come to the Wolfson Gallery next Tuesday and Wednesday to see them in action! The exhibition opens on the 14th June.

Here is a classic example of a Shattering Perceptions team meeting. Today they were designing the layout for a case feat...
02/06/2018

Here is a classic example of a Shattering Perceptions team meeting. Today they were designing the layout for a case featuring objects from the Middle East on the whiteboard. This case will also feature the archaeologists Gertrude Bell and Kathleen Kenyon.

Come and visit the exhibition from the 14th of June to see the objects yourself!

Heather and Maggie of the Shattering Perceptions team are looking through artefacts excavated by Kathleen Kenyon in Jeri...
26/05/2018

Heather and Maggie of the Shattering Perceptions team are looking through artefacts excavated by Kathleen Kenyon in Jericho, stored in Durham’s Oriental Museum. They had to choose from pots, oil lamps, and animal figurines to find just the right objects for their exhibition.

Visit the exhibition from the 14th of June to see what they chose!

Last week the Shattering Perceptions team met up with Gail Bartley, one of the amazing women featured in their exhibitio...
23/05/2018

Last week the Shattering Perceptions team met up with Gail Bartley, one of the amazing women featured in their exhibition. Gail co-founded the Northumbrian Search Society metal detecting club in 1975, so that people could get involved with their local history!

Come along from the 14th of June to learn about more amazing women!

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Archaeology Museum, Palace Green Library, Palace Green
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Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
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