Havering Hoard

Witness history come alive with the Havering Hoard, the most significant Bronze Age discovery in London, now on display at the Museum of London Docklands located in Canary Wharf.

The Spectacular Showcase of the Havering Hoard

Experience an extraordinary exhibition of all 453 artefacts from the Havering Hoard, further enriched with additional objects from the Museum of London’s extensive collection. This collaboration provides a deeper understanding and places these fascinating finds in their historical context.

It comprises items dating back to around 900 BC to 800 BC. This exceptional collection includes axe heads, fragments of swords, daggers, and knives, providing a glimpse into the past.

The Unusual Discovery of the Havering Hoard

It is unique, found within four separate hoards located within a large enclosure defined by a square-shaped ditch. This ditch first appeared in aerial photography of the site taken in the 1960s. The site rests on the northern side of the Thames, a testament to the rich history of the region.

Deciphering the Purpose of the Havering Hoard
An intriguing feature of the Havering Hoard is that many of the weapons seem to have suffered damage. This has led to theories suggesting the hoard might have served as a ritual offering, a recycling centre, or even a disposal site for outdated weapons as the era of iron dawned. The exhibition explores these captivating possibilities.

‘Havering Hoard: a Bronze Age Mystery’ runs until 18 April 2021. Admission is free with a timed entry ticket available from the Museum of London’s website.

Ian McDiarmid is a qualified City of London Tour Guide who delivers guided walks and private tours in London. View all of Ian’s walking tours.


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