Prehistoric Collections


Lithic drawers

The Institute of Archaeology has extensive teaching collections from prehistoric sites in Britain, Europe and Western Asia, and more limited collections from Africa, South East Asia, Australia and the Americas.

The collections are particularly strong in Palaeolithic material, including examples of lithic technology from early hominid sites such as Olduvai Gorge, Neanderthal sites such as Tabun and later sites such as Laussel. There are also collections from a range of Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age sites, particularly those where staff have been involved in field projects.

Lower-Upper Palaeolithic Lithics

  • Fayum, Egypt
  • Olduvai Gorge, Africa

European Material (Neolithic-Iron age)

United Kingdom

  • Grimes Graves
  • Kimmeridge
  • Meare Lake Village
  • Maiden Castle
  • Wroxeter


  • Lipari, Italy
  • Malta
  • Scandinavia
  • Beatrice de Cardi's collection
  • Sylvia Matthson's Baluchistan collections
  • Anjira
  • Arikamedu
  • Harappa
  • Londo
  • Mohenjodaro
  • Periano Ghundai

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