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Glasgow Museums has an extensive collection of approximately 25,000 archaeological finds and assemblages. These date from about 500,000 years ago in the Palaeolithic to 1975.
This collection predominantly originates from sites in west and central Scotland, including Argyll and the Islands, but also encompasses some material from the Outer Hebrides, Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, England and Ireland. Other European locations are represented, including Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium. The collection includes several important objects of value for display and research, and is particularly strong on prehistoric material, especially Bronze Age pottery and burials. It also contains a good and important collection of crannog material and an extensive and significant collection of late- and post-medieval material from the city of Glasgow.