Archaeologists to dig at town’s beauty spot

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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.’

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