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Archaeology at Mansfield Museum

The museum holds in its storeroom several collections of artefacts which are the results of archaeological work carried out in our area.

Some are the results of excavations, others are from field walking research and some from ’rescue‘ work prior to building development.

We also have many individual finds which local people have donated or loaned to us.

Much of the material in store is the result of work done by the Sherwood Archaeological Society over a long period of time and the museum also holds the finds from the Mansfield Woodhouse Roman Villa which was excavated Oswald in 1938.

Some of the items currently on display, notably examples of flint implements recovered from the fields flanking the upper Meden Valley (pictured below).

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A display of flint artefacts recovered from fields flanking the River Meden.
They represent stone-age activity from the Mesolithic to the late Bronze-age.
Also in the case and on loan to us is a near perfect specimen of a Neolithic polished stone axe head found near Teversal.

Another display contains a wide variety of axe heads found locally and is entitled The Axe From Stone to Steel.

As time and space allows we will endeavour to display some of the pottery that we as our collection has some very good examples of both Iron-age and Romano-British ceramics.

For those with an interest in further research we currently store the finds from the sites listed below

Bronze Brooch
A bronze and enamel fibular brooch found in 1974 near Pleasley and almost identical to the one found at the Mansfield Woodhouse Roman Villa excavation in 1938.
Axe Heads
Two locally found axe heads on display in The Museum.
Neolithic in date.
The method of fixing to the haft is purely conjectural.
Flint Blade
A flint blade found at Forest Town closely resembles the one found with the “Iceman”
in the Italian Alps and has been hafted in the same fashion.


The Sherwood Archaeological Society
The Creswell Crags Centre
Nottingham University Museum of Archaeology
The Council for British Archaeology
The Derbyshire Archaeological Society
Trent and Peak Archaeological
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