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Peopling the Heath – Petersfield Heath and its Region in Prehistory

24 March 2018 9:30 am5:30 pm

Dr Stuart Needham looks at a Bronze Age burial urn excavated at Petersfield Heath

Join us for this conference as we come to the end of the People of the Heath project and learn about some of the discoveries we have made.


The People of the Heath community-participation project began in 2014 and has now completed its fieldwork programme. Six seasons of excavation into Bronze Age barrows on Petersfield Heath have yielded exciting results relating to burials, monument forms and the contemporary environment. Also investigated was a rich Mesolithic site on the Heath which had not previously been examined archaeologically. Meanwhile, systematic survey work was undertaken on barrows throughout the Rother Valley to give a broader context to our focal site.


A mass of new data and ideas has thus been generated on the Mesolithic and Bronze Age populations of our region. This conference gives you the opportunity to hear not only about these local discoveries, but also about contemporary landscapes in Wessex, southern England and across the water in Holland. Themes to be covered range from thoughts on the value of the project for local communities including school children, to detailed insights into the structures of barrows, the contents of burial urns and the significance of the intriguing grave goods from the Heath, and then beyond to broader considerations of barrows, fields and environments across the Bronze Age landscape.


Specialised knowledge of prehistoric archaeology is not essential. The conference is for all who wish to learn more about early communities in their region.

While this conference is free, it is essential to book your place. The venue for this conference is Petersfield Festival Hall. All of our events to date have been very popular so make sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment!


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Excavating Barrow 19


This project is supported by:



Petersfield Museum


Petersfield Festival Hall
Heath Road
Petersfield, NH GU31 4EA
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