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-150606-170233009
Opening the new exhibition at Chatteris Museum on Saturday. Archaeologists (from left): Nick Ashton, Maisie Taylor and Francis Pryor. ANL-150606-170233009
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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.

With a rare Bronze Age shield and rapier on display, it was quite appropriate for Mr Pryor and Ms Taylor to support the exhibition.

The pair discovered the Bronze Age site at Flag Fen, near Whittlesey.

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.”

Chatteris is blessed with strong historical connections to that period with the three scheduled ancient monument sites at Block Fen, Langwood Drove and Honey Hill.

And numerous items of historical significance have been found in the Chatteris area.

A total of 90 people went along to the opening on Saturday.

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 been 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.

The museum will be working with schools in the town to put on events to help youngsters learn more about this fascinating period of history.

Re-enactors, along with trips to Flag Fen, are in store to help Chatteris children discover more about their heritage.

Earlier this year, Chatteris Museum scooped a £7,900 Heritage Lottery Grant to help with the exhibition costs.

For more to go to the website https://chatterismuseum.wordpress.com/