Wessex Gallery of Archaeology opened by Professor Alice Roberts

BBC Time Team and Coast presenter Professor Alice Roberts has opened Salisbury’s new state-of-the-art Wessex Gallery of Archaeology at Salisbury Museum.

Over 2,000 people attended the free, action packed day including Wessex archaeology’s Phil Harding demonstrating flint knapping, falconry, woodworking, stonemasonry and Saxon sword skills.

The main talking point though was the £2.4 million Gallery – it houses one of England’s most extensive collections of Stonehenge and prehistoric artefacts including the recently discovered Amesbury Archer who was discovered in 2003. With more than 2,000 rare and exciting pieces on show, Wessex Gallery gives a fascinating and never-before-seen insight into early Britain, from the mathematical genius of the ancient Britons and Beaker people through to the Roman invasion, the Norman Conquest and medieval Salisbury.

Salisbury Museum, The King’s House, 65 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EN, Tel 01722 332151 or visit: www.salisburymuseum.org.uk

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