FindsSkullsMeteorite Currency barsLynch pin

The excavations of Danebury uncovered a wide range of artefacts.  From them we know about what life was like in the Iron Age.

Assorted finds

This photograph shows some of the objects which were excavated from the left:  a quern stone used for grinding wheat or barley, several pots and beakers, weights, combs and needles made from bone.

These skulls come from Danebury.  All three show signs for injuries, mostly probably obtained during combat. Skulls

These skulls come from Danebury. All three show signs for injuries, mostly probably obtained during combat.

The first has a puncture wound most probably obtained from a spear.

The second shows a sword cut which in fact healed, showing us that people did recover from serious injury during the Iron Age.

The third shows damage from a weapon which has punctured the skull.


This meteorite was found during the Danebury excavations. Radiocarbon dating shows that it is at least 2,350 years old and probably fell into one of the pits used to store grain. This is a very rare object and tells us that the site was in use in 350BC.

These bars are made of iron, and were probably used as currency.

Currency bars

The crimp in the end of each bar may be to show that the iron is of good quality and can be worked without shattering.

Here is an example of conservation work carried out at Hampshire Arts and Museums Service.

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This is a lynch pin. It comes from an Iron Age cart and was used to hold the wheel onto the axel of the cart.

It had been some time since the pin was excavated and over time the iron in the centre of the pin had corroded and broken into pieces.

The decorated ends has survived as they are made of copper alloy, which doesn’t corrode as quickly as iron.

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A specialist conservator at Hampshire Museums Service worked to put the pin back together. First she stablised the material, so that the object wouldn’t corrode any further.

Then she used a tool that blasted the pin with a tiny stream of air and fine powder.This removed layers of corrosion from the pin, to reveal the surface underneath. This process is called ‘air abrasion’.

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The conservator put the pieces of the pin back together, like a jigsaw. She used a special wax to coat the pin, to stop it from corroding and coming apart again in the future.

Hampshire Arts and Museums Service holds 16,000 boxes of finds from the site.

The Museum of the Iron Age in Andover tells the story of the hill fort, and has a large selection of these objects on display.