Amazing Finds Gallery

Showcasing the remarkable objects found at Arbeia

A gold ring with gem engraved with Roman goddess Fortuna



Visitor information

Open during museum opening hours.


This gallery showcases smaller archaeological finds discovered at Arbeia since excavations began in 1875. 


  • The best preserved Roman ring-mail shirt in the UK, a fantastically intricate piece of armour.
  • Imperial lead sealings from the household of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus (who used Arbeia as his base during his Scottish invasion).
  • Fine examples of Roman jewellry including gold and silver rings and carved jet. Arbeia has one of the largest collections of jet objects in Britain. 
  • The remains of a sword with a golden idol of Mars inset into the blade