Items from the largest Bronze Age Hoard ever discovered in London will be displayed for the first time. The major exhibition called, Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery at the Museum of London Docklands on April 3, 2020.
The hoard, the third largest in UK history, was originally excavated in September, 2018. The discovery has had a noteworthy impact on historians understanding the history of the city. The Bronze Age Hoard was unearthed in Rainham located in the Havering borough of East London, near the River Thames.
There were 453 bronze objects that were dating between c.900 and c.800 BC that were uncovered during a planned archaeological investigation. They were found by archaeologists looking at the site being developed for gravel extraction.
The hoard contained various weapons including; axe heads, spearheads, fragments of swords, daggers and knives. Each piece represents a part of London’s past but also a mystery to London historians.
“This extraordinary discovery adds immensely to our understanding of Bronze Age life. It also underlines the importance of planned assessment and, when appropriate, excavation in archaeological hotspots when new development comes along.” enthused Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England “The opportunity to investigate here and ultimately unearth the remarkable hoards that have come to light was only possible because of the effective partnership between archaeologists and developers.”
Archaeological Solutions, Historic England, Ingrebourne Valley Ltd, and Havering Museum were responsible for finding many pieces of history that have been hidden beneath the city for centuries.
By Paige Williams