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Arbeia Roman Fort And Museum, Tyne And Wear Museums
Baring Street
South Shields

South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 2BB
Contact
Telephone: 0191 456 1369
Fax: 0191 427 6862
Email: arbeia@twmuseums.org.uk

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Overview of collections

The collections, which are derived from the excavation of the Fort, include coins, engraved gemstones, jet ornaments, seal boxes, imperial sealings, military equipment (including a hoard of swords), brooches, pins and ear-rings.
There is also a large collection of pottery ranging from cooking wares to highly decorated tablewares. A rich collection of inscribed stones, altars and graffiti refers to individual people and places as diverse as France, Spain, Iraq and Syria as well as Southern Britain.Finds from the South Tyneside area and archival material and ephemera relating to Hadrian's Wall in general. An agreement with the Museum of Antiquities of the University of Newcastle means that any Hadrian's Wall material goes there rather than Arbeia.
The Roman excavations at Arbeia have their origins in the 1870s. The finds recovered by the Victorian excavators form the nucleus of the present collection which is one of the largest and most important site collections from Hadrian's Wall.Modern excavations of the interior of the Fort have taken place but considerable research has also been undertaken in the civilian settlement (vicus).

Overview of how collections are displayed

The Fort combines displays relating to the archaeological excavation with reconstructions of buildings on the site. The displays also feature timequest - an interactive experience which gives visitors an insight into the work of archaeologists.

Star Objects at this location

Particular highlights of the collections include one of the largest collections of lead sealings in the UK, prehistoric flints and a cameo of the Emperor Caracalla.
Collection Descriptions
Ancient Egyptian Collection (Arbeia Roman Fort And Museum, Tyne And Wear Museums)
The museum holds 22 ancient Egyptian objects and 23 ancient Egyptian flints which are part of the Archaeology collect...
Archaeology (Arbeia Roman Fort And Museum, Tyne And Wear Museums)
-Finds from the South Tyneside area and archival material and ephemera relating to Hadrian\'s Wall in general. An agr...
Archaeology (prehistory) (Arbeia Roman Fort And Museum, Tyne And Wear Museums)
There is a small collection of prehistoric artefacts relating to excavation at the site of the Arbeia Roman fort, whi...

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