People of the Heath

A community project hosted by the Petersfield Museum to understand and conserve Petersfield’s prehistoric barrows.

Between 2014 and 2018, this four-year project focussed on a remarkable but little-known prehistoric monument complex on the edge of Petersfield Town dating to the Early Bronze Age, between 2200 and 1500 BC. Although designated as Scheduled Ancient Monuments, the large group of barrows (burial and ritual monuments) spread across Petersfield Heath had seen no active research since it was mapped in the 1930s and there was no record at all of any past excavations.

Research is ongoing. Original project documentation can be found under 2014-2018 Project.