A polished gneiss-stone mace head, found with a cremation burial at Stonehenge and thought to date from between 3,000 – 2,500bce
Salisbury Museum
Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum reports that –
Building has begun on the new Wessex Gallery at the Salisbury Museum, which will make it clear for the first time exactly why Salisbury and it’s nearby World Heritage Sites hold a unique place in British history. The new gallery will be of international importance, telling the story of Salisbury and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest. “By Christmas this year the major construction work will be complete,” said museum director Adrian Green with a gleam in his eye. “In roughly seven months, the new Wessex Gallery will be ready.”
The permanent collections at the Salisbury Museum have been something of a best-kept secret for many years. And yet the pretty Grade 1-listed museum, which faces the front of Salisbury Cathedral, has all this time been faithfully guarding some of Northern Europe’s most important archaeological finds, including many from Stonehenge. Then in 2012 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded Salisbury Museum a grant of nearly £2 million towards the development of a new Archaeology of Wessex gallery. In summer of 2014 The Salisbury Museum will step out of the shadows and into the light.
The permanent collection includes the outstanding Pitt Rivers Wessex Collection, and the “Amesbury Archer” alongside many artefacts from Stonehenge. Here, piece by piece, the story of England’s deep past unfolds. From antler picks to animal bones, flint tools to stone tools, beautifully carved chalk plaques to highly decorated grooved-ware pots and beakers – the craftsmanship is truly remarkable.
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