Well known archaeologists open Chatteris exhibition

Opening the new exhibition at Chatteris Museum on Saturday. Archaeologists (from left): Nick Ashton, Maisie Taylor and Francis Pryor. ANL-150606-170200009

Opening the new exhibition at Chatteris Museum on Saturday. Archaeologists (from left): Nick Ashton, Maisie Taylor and Francis Pryor. ANL-150606-170200009

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A new exhibition which shows prehistoric treasures found around Chatteris was officially opened by three well known archaeologists.

British Museum curator Nick Ashton along with Time Team favourite Francis Pryor and Maisie Taylor looked at some of the amazing exhibits now on show in Chatteris Museum.

The Ancient Human Occupation of Chatteris exhibition, which received a Lottery grant, covers the prehistoric era to the Iron Age and was officially opened on Saturday.

Curator Ian Mason was delighted Mr Ashton opened the event with help from Ms Taylor and Mr Pryor.

He said: “It was really nice that they could come along but they were amazed by how good the exhibition is.

“It was given a big boost to have them involved.”

Among the amazing items which are on display in the museum include a 780,000 year old flint tool, which was the Swiss Army knife of its day.

The museum has also be loaned the rare Bronze Age Shield by the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge.

The exhibition, which will be running for the next three years, is hoped to attract school parties after a change in the National Curriculum to include prehistoric periods.

- Children and their parents will be able to learn more about the period during a special event on Saturday, June 13.

Basket weaving and building an Iron Age house is open to youngsters aged up to 13.

The event runs from 10am to noon.