This famous collection contains fascinating artefacts from across the globe.
The collection is named after V. Gordon Childe, Abercromby Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at the University from 1927 through to 1946 and the excavator of Skara Brae.
Since Childe’s initial contribution to the Reference Collection, additions were made by his successors, Stuart Piggott and Dennis Harding, as well as by outside donations. The Collection now houses artefacts from the Indus Valley, the Near East including Egypt, Mediterranean regions and Europe north of the Alps, in addition to ethnographic items. The wide range of materials includes textile fragments from Neolithic Swiss Lake Villages.
The collection's current custodian is Dr Guillaume Robin.