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Rare Bronze Age hoard at the Museum of London Docklands fron 3 April to 25 Oct 2020

Havering Hoard site discovery (c) Archaeological Solutions Ltd

The largest ever Bronze Age hoard to be discovered in London and the third largest of its kind in the UK, has been unearthed in Havering. This significant find will go on display for the first time in a major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands in April 2020.

A total of 453 bronze objects dating between c.900 and c.800 BC have been uncovered during a planned archaeological investigation, with weapons and tools including axe heads, spearheads, fragments of swords, daggers and knives found alongside some other unusual objects, which are rarely found in the UK.

Havering Hoard (c) Museum of London

Because most of the weapons appear to be partially broken or damaged, the exhibition will offer some suggestions about why these objects ended up being carefully buried in groups close together.

Havering Hoard (c) Museum of London

Objects from the hoard will be presented to the public for the first time next year at the Museum of London Docklands. All the archaeological work was agreed with and closely monitored by Historic England, assisted by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and further conservation and analysis of the artefacts is currently underway which will reveal more insights into this remarkable find.

Havering Hoard site discovery (c) Archaeological Solutions Ltd

Bronze Age finds of this type are very rare and discoveries like this develops the understanding of Bronze Age life. The exhibition is a unique opportunity for Londoners and visitors to find out more about their ancestors of the distant past.

Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery
Museum of London Docklands
Fri 3 Apr – Sun 25 Oct 2020
FREE

For more information, visit the Museum of London Dockland website here

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