Department of Antiquities

The Ixworth Cross, Suffolk

Medieval Archaeology Collections

The Ashmolean's medieval archaeology collections range in date from the earliest Anglo-Saxon objects found in England, to the consumer goods of the 18th century. Geographically the collections are wide ranging, with objects collected from Britain, mainland Europe and Scandinavia. There are significant groups of excavated material from Oxford city and Oxfordshire, such as Sutton Courtenay, Dorchester-on-Thames, Berinsfield, Seacourt, and Woodperry, among others (complete list here). The early medieval collections are among the finest in the world, and contain important collections of metalwork, ceramics and glassware. Ceramics and other material culture of later- and post-medieval date are also significant, due to the nature of the objects themselves, but also their history in the discipline of medieval archaeology. So too are the personal archives relating to eminent archaeologists, including E.T. Leeds, Martyn Jope, and Donald Harden.

Two pilgrim badges of
St Thomas Becket found in London

Substantial parts of the collection have been published (coming soon).









Puzzle jug from Oxford city

Online Resources

For information relating to the collections contact Dr Eleanor Standley, Assistant Keeper and Associate Professor of Medieval Archaeology