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Hoards: a hidden history of ancient Britain

Wed 4th December 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Following on from the success of the Hoards display at the British Museum in 2016, this partnership exhibition has visited museums across the UK as part of the British Museum’s National Programmes to display and highlight prehistoric, Roman, early medieval and later hoards. Peterborough is the final venue to showcase this amazing collection of finds, so please take the opportunity to visit whilst they are still available to enjoy!

People have been placing metalwork and valuable objects in the ground and in water since the Bronze Age (c. 2200–800 BC). The exhibition looks at the varied and changing explanations for the burial and non-recovery of hoards. Whether accidentally lost or stolen, discarded as worthless, saved for recycling, hidden for safekeeping, or offered as gifts for the gods, their stories continue to fascinate. It will showcase recent discoveries of hoards reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure Act and brings together objects from the British Museum and Salisbury Museum, including the spectacular Ipswich Iron Age gold torcs and other Bronze Age finds from places such as Must Farm and Ely.

Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe

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