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Barnsley's Archeological Finds Come Home

Thursday May 10 2012


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HISTORIC archeological finds will be returning to Barnsley thanks to some grant funding that will pay for them to be homed in the new museum.

The museum will open in the town hall next year and - thanks to a £62,400 boost from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund run by the Museums Association (MA) - the town's important archaeology finds will be coming home.

These include:

· stone tools such as axes and hammers from the Neolithic period (4000 BC to 2300 BC) from Langsett, Dunford and Penistone,

· arrowhead and spearhead from the Bronze Age (2300 BC to 700 BC) from the Penistone and Crow Edge area,

· coin hoards from Darfield and a bronze bracelet from Billingley from the Roman period (AD 43 to AD 450),

· pots from Monk Bretton Priory from the medieval period (1066 to 1547).

The project is in partnership with the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology, with a whole team of researchers working on different areas of the collections.

A spokesman said: "Barnsley’s archaeology collections have been cared for by museum services in Doncaster and Sheffield until the completion of new museum stores and galleries within the Town Hall. These services have ensured the preservation of the collections and archives with their own resources until a transfer was possible.

"With the new facilities, this fascinating collection of objects will be cared for and researched in Barnsley. The archaeology will feature in displays about Barnsley’s early history and will be part of Making History, an interactive gallery where visitors can dig into the past through objects, photographs, maps, archives and films."

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