A FOUR-year project to uncover the history of Petersfield Heath begins later this month.
Petersfield Museum has been awarded £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £20,000 from the South Downs National Park for an archaeological dig.
Experts and volunteers will investigate the 21 known barrows which form a barrow cemetery, one of the best perserved in England.
The burial mounds date back to the Early Bronze Age and comprise a mix of ‘styles’ that are typical of Wessex, as seen around Stonehenge and Avebury.
The project, named The People of the Heath, will be launched on June 22 with a meeting to lay out the aims and timetable of the project.
The first excavations are due to take place in September.
Katherine West, curatorial assistant at Petersfield Museum, said: ‘This project will uncover the history of one of the most impressive and complex Bronze Age burial grounds in the south-east of England.
‘It will involve close collaboration between professional archaeologists and members of the local community and include producing education information material for schools and visitors.’