Sir John Evans Centenary Project - image background is marbled paper from one of John Evans's books John Evans Numismatic Society Medal 1899

Sir John Evans's Artefact Collection

Handaxe (AN1928.221)
Handaxe from St. Acheul, France

The artefact collection comprises more than 12,000 objects ranging from Palaeolithic hand-axes through Merovingian to post-medieval ornaments, and includes material from various parts of the world. Look at two of the Ashmolean Museum's 'treasures' from the Anglo-Saxon collections - the Tostock buckle and the Ixworth Cross.

Objects from Evans collection are easy to recognize by their blue-bordered labels neatly inscribed with details of their collecting history.

A searchable database containing basic information on all the objects in the John Evans collection is available to search online at (view sample page).

John Evans Highlights Database

A detailed and searchable database containing information and images on approximately 100 objects from the John Evans collection is available to browse or search online.

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whetstone from Nydam
Whetstone from Nydam
(showing clearly the distinctive blue-bordered Evans label)