Free Talk: People of the Heath with Stuart Needham

Thursday 17 May (Doors open 19.30 / Talk starts 20.00)

Join us for the first in our summer series of talks at Butser Ancient Farm.

Stuart Needham from the ‘People of the Heath’ project will be exploring the Bronze Age barrowscape of the Rother Valley region.

People of the Heath is a community project hosted by the Petersfield Museum to understand and conserve Petersfield’s prehistoric barrows. This four year project is focused 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 has seen no active research since it was mapped in the 1930s and there is no record at all of any past excavations. Yet it is one of the most impressive and diverse barrow cemeteries to have survived in south east England, boasting at least 21 monuments representing five or six different types.

There will be five FREE talks throughout the summer on a Thursday evening. Doors open at 7.30 with the talk to start at 8.00. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate will be available to purchase in the shop.