Saving Treasure for Dorset: The Stalbridge and Charlton Marshall hoards

14 March 2024, 3pm - 4pm

Victorian Hall

This talk is free, but please consider making a donation on booking. All donations will go towards the acquisition and long-term care of the two hoards.

Join Dr Clare Randall for this afternoon’s talk, to find out more about two fascinating archaeological hoards that Dorset Museum & Art Gallery are currently raising funds to save for the county.

You’ll hear about the discovery and significance of the hoards, the Treasure process, and how you can contribute to the long-term preservation of these important items.

The Stalbridge Hoard dates from the Middle Bronze Age and consists of a palstave axe head, an uncommon bangle with incised decoration and a rapier sword. The hoard has been valued at £17,000 and we still need to raise just over £1,000 to meet our target. Even more, would help us care for the item in future and cover the costs of putting the hoard on display.

The Charlton Marshall hoard dates from the Late Iron Age and consists of 40 gold staters.  The staters are incredibly unusual as they were imported from France. They were made by a Gaulish tribe called the Baiocasses, are rare in Britain and there is only one other similar hoard in England. The Charlton Marshall hoard has been valued at £15,300 and we still need to raise £6,000 to meet our target.

Dr Clare Randall is an archaeologist who has worked in the commercial, academic, museum and community sectors of archaeology. She currently works for Cotswold Archaeology as a Post-excavation Manager, ensuring that the results of archaeological projects from sites across southern England are analysed and published. She is the Archaeological Advisor for Dorset Museum & Art Gallery and has been advising on Treasure acquisitions as part of that role for over ten years.

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