European Archaeology Section Collection Highlights


The Penn Museum began acquiring prehistoric European archaeological collections in 1892. These collections were housed in the General Ethnology/American and Prehistoric Archaeology Curatorial Section until 1913 when the European Curatorial Section was formally created as a separate entity. The European Collection holds an estimated 20,000 objects most of which are exclusively archaeological. The major prehistoric periods represented are Paleolithic (c. 3,900 objects); Neolithic (c. 7,950 objects) and Bronze Age (c. 1,049 objects). Additionally, some historic Iron Age (236 objects), Italic (15 objects), Roman (78 objects), and Medieval (76 objects) have also been identified. In addition, few modern lithics as well as approximately 50 modern tools and raw materials from the 19th century Brandon Flint Quarries are included in the sections holdings. The section can be subdivided into three distinct collections.

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12942A
EU1557
EU1576
EU2333A
Hand Axe
12942A
View Object | 54040
Double Axe
EU1557
View Object | 53304
Javelin Head
EU1576
View Object | 54039
Arrowhead
EU2333A
View Object | 53304

EU2333B
EU2333C
62-13-6
87-39-966
Arrowhead
EU2333B
View Object | 53304
Arrowhead
EU2333C
View Object | 53304
Axe
62-13-6
View Object | 53304
Hand Axe
87-39-966
View Object | 54040

EU2615
29-218-1
65-25-254B
65-25-68
Awl
EU2615
View Object | 53681
Axehead
29-218-1
View Object | 53679
Fibula (Pin)
65-25-254B
View Object | 53302
Cloak Pin
65-25-68
View Object | 53302

65-25-73
65-25-92A
65-25-100
65-25-28
Pin
65-25-73
View Object | 53302
Pin
65-25-92A
View Object | 53302
Pin
65-25-100
View Object | 53302
Celt
65-25-28
View Object | 53683

65-25-63
65-25-69
65-25-70
65-25-255
Knife
65-25-63
View Object | 54036
Knife
65-25-69
View Object | 53680
Knife
65-25-70
View Object | 54037
Point
65-25-255
View Object | 54038

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