Collections: Archeology

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery has a superb collection of archaeological material from the Worthing area, ranging from 500,000 year old Palaeolithic tools to medieval arrowheads and everything in between!


The real strength of the collections can be seen in our internationally important artefacts from the Neolithic flint mines at Blackpatch, Cissbury Ring, Church Hill & Harrow Hill, alongside a large number of Bronze Age metal hoards. Further to this the museum contains unique finds from Roman religious sites such as Chanctonbury Ring, as well as funerary remains from the local area. The 5 th century Patching Hoard of gold and silver coins is unique in Britain and crowns our extensive assemblage of Roman coin hoards from across West Sussex. Finally the museum contains a large number of human remains, jewellery, weaponry and glass-ware from the nationally significant early Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Highdown Hill. We actively encourage research into our archaeological collections and have worked closely with academic institutions, local interest groups and societies in the recent past to continue building our understanding of Worthing’s fascinating history.