Secrets of the Heath and the Buriton Hoard

A talk about some amazing archaeological findings – by Ryan Watts of the Petersfield Museum

Amongst the things on display at the Petersfield Museum until spring 2019 is the amazing “Buriton Ornamental Hoard”.

Ryan Watts from the Museum will be explaining the importance of this hoard as well as some fascinating findings from the “People of the Heath” project in an illustrated talk in Buriton Village Hall near Petersfield on Tuesday 19 March.

Findings from the “People of the Heath” project has shown that Petersfield Heath is the densest concentration of Bronze Age round barrows in the south east of England, dating from 4,000 years ago.

The Buriton Hoard consists of four attractive bronze ornaments (two bracelets and two necklaces, known as torcs) which come from the Middle Bronze Age period (c1400-1250 BC). They were found in the parish in 2016 and the Petersfield Museum has been able to acquire them (under the provisions of the Treasure Acts) thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous benefactor. It is believed that the pieces are likely to have been made in this region and were probably buried as offerings to the gods. 

The Museum, situated in the old Police Station in St Peter’s Road, is open from 10am til 4pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays until spring 2019 when it will close for a year for its £1.3M lottery-funded re-build and refurbishment.