Archaeology is the study of the human past through material remains. The collections are especially strong in Palaeolithic, Roman, Early Saxon and Medieval material. The important Roman sites of Alcester, Mancetter and Coleshill are well represented within the museum’s collections (c.12,000 objects) and the museum continues to collect from archaeological excavations around the county.
The introduction of the new Treasure Act in 1997 has led to a small but significant number of important objects being acquired for the museum’s collections often through grants and donations, such as the two South Warwickshire Hoards of Roman silver denarii both of which are of national significance.
The numismatics collection comprises over 10,000 coins from before the Romans to Decimalisation. It is among the larger collections in West Midlands museums.