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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42-30-122
EU2428
29-218-1
65-25-164A
Dagger Blade
42-30-122
View Object | 53682
Nucleus (Lithic)
EU2428
View Object | 54040
Axehead
29-218-1
View Object | 53679
Pendant
65-25-164A
View Object | 53302

65-25-164C
62-13-6
87-39-966
EU2615
Bronze
65-25-164C
View Object | 53302
Axe
62-13-6
View Object | 53304
Hand Axe
87-39-966
View Object | 54040
Awl
EU2615
View Object | 53681

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
65-25-254B
65-25-68
Arrowhead
EU2333B
View Object | 53304
Arrowhead
EU2333C
View Object | 53304
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

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