Hidden Gems: Guess the Artefact

Tucked away just a stone’s throw from Highfields Lake, lies a cornucopia of treasures from thousands of years ago, carefully and lovingly preserved within the University of Nottingham Museum.

Here you’ll find a selection of treasures, most of which are currently on display. Try and guess what each item is, the answers at the bottom of the page.

Nottingham Museum

The museum’s new exhibition, ‘Fascinating Finds from Nottingham’s Caves, Places of Work and Play’ features a beautiful selection of objects and is available to visit now. It is free and open to everyone from Thursday through to Sunday from 12 noon - 4pm.


1: Mammoth tooth

2: Roman gaming counters made from broken pottery and bone

3: Palaeolithic hand axes

4: Roman hair pins

5: Roman soldier’s cooking pan

6: Roman ear pick

7: Medieval decorative tiles from Keighton, UoN’s very own excavation site!