What To See

Our Display Room contains a comprehensive collection of artefacts, found at Southburn and in the surrounding area, from the earliest neolithic (stone age) flint tools to mid twentieth century finds. These show how man’s skills and lifestyle have evolved through the different time periods. Of particular interest are the ancient spear found by local schoolchildren, the iron age pot from Arram, a large collection of Medieval coins and even Viking gold! Many brooches and fastenings show the fascinating way our ancestors dressed.

For the 2015 season we launched an exciting new exhibition “Iron Age East Yorkshire: Swords, Spears and Skeletons” featuring a reconstruction of the Kirkburn warrior grave excavation and exploring the burial rites and craftsmanship of the Parisi tribe. The warrior grave included the finest sword of it’s kind ever discovered in Europe and was part of an extensive Iron Age cemetery unique to the area.

New for 2020 we've used 3D printing to create replicas of artefacts and finds discovered in the local area.  We can see all the components that went into the intricate Kirkburn warrior's sword and investigate how our 10,000 year old ancestors from Star Carr might have used or worn the antler frontlets.

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