People of the Heath - Petersfield’s Prehistoric Barrows
A community project hosted by Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery
Around 4,000 years ago, Early Bronze Age people buried their dead in barrows. 21 barrows survive on Petersfield Heath, showing the significance of the area long before the town existed.
During the four-year project ‘People of the Heath’, archaeologists and volunteers excavated 14 of the Heath barrows. They discovered cremation urns and evidence of a variety of different funeral practices. They also revealed a Stone Age campsite floor with thousands of flint tools and flakes from about 9,000 years ago.
Local discoveries include tools, clothing and decorative items. These artifacts can tell us a lot about how people lived in specific times and places.