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Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery

Museum of London Docklands

11 Sep 2020 - 18 Apr 2021

Discovered near the River Thames at Rainham in 2018, the Havering hoard is the largest trove of Bronze Age artefacts ever found in London. Among the total of 453 bronze objects are axe heads, spearheads, fragments of swords, daggers and knives, dating to c. 900–c. 800 BC. Why these objects where buried together remains unclear; this display considers the intriguing questions the discovery raises about the community that buried them, whether as a religious offering, an attempt to recycle the metal, or a rejection of bronze as the iron age took hold. Find out more from the Museum of London’s website.

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Carp's Tongue sword fragments discovered in the Havering Hoard (c. 900–c. 800 BC).

Carp’s Tongue sword fragments discovered in the Havering hoard (c. 900–c. 800 BC). Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Double-sided razor from the Havering Hoard (c. 900–c. 800 BC).

Double-sided razor from the Havering hoard (c. 900–c. 800 BC). Photo: © Museum of London

Loomweight, spindlewhorl and pin from the Havering Hoard (c. 900–c. 800 BC).

Loomweight, spindlewhorl and pin from the Havering hoard (c. 900–c. 800 BC). Photo: © Museum of London

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