Archaeology and Stonehenge

The museum’s archaeology collection is one of the most important outside a national museum in Britain, including artefacts from Stonehenge, the Amesbury Archer and medieval finds from Old Sarum. Many of these items are displayed in the Wessex gallery, a display of international importance which places the story of Stonehenge within its wider chronological and regional context whilst telling the story of Salisbury and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to the Norman conquest.
Wilton Hanging Bowl
This bowl was discovered in about 1860 midway between Wilton House and Kingsbury Square, Wilton.
Warminster Jewel
The Warminster Jewel is an aestel (manuscript pointer). It was found by a metal detectorist in a field near Cley Hill, Warminster in 1997.
Wardour Hoard
This hoard is more than 2700 years old and contains over 100 copper alloy objects.
Tool Kit
This remarkable collection of stone and flint tools was found together inside a pot near East Knoyle in south Wiltshire.
Swallowcliffe Mount
This beautiful gold and silver satchel mount is from in a richly furnished and important Anglo-Saxon burial found on Swallowcliffe Down in 1966.
Stonehenge Macehead
Polished macehead made from gneiss found associated with a cremation burial (human ashes) at Stonehenge.
Stonehenge Archer
This burial was found during the excavation of the ditch surrounding Stonehenge in 1978.
Shrewton Beaker Burial
The Shrewton beaker burial is a typical Late Neolithic burial with its beaker pot and copper dagger.
Pilgrim Badge
This pilgrim badge portrays Our Lady of Tombelaine: Tombelaine is a tiny island close to Mont St Michel off the coast of France.
New Forest Pottery
Much of the Roman pottery found in south Wiltshire was made in the New Forest, just to the east of Fordingbridge.