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County of Hampshire. Attribution: By Nilfanion, CC BY-SA or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons
County of Hampshire. Attribution: By Nilfanion, CC BY-SA or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

Hampshire lies on the south coast of Britain and has a rich and varied landscape ranging from coastal plains to downlands and heaths, as well as containing parts of the Weald and New Forest. The region is thought to have been continuously occupied since the end of the last Ice Age around 12,000BC. As such, it has a rich history with most periods well-represented in the archaeological record. Hampshire’s position on the Solent has made it an important region strategically, right up to the Second World War and beyond. Important archaeological sites include:

Explore artefacts and coins found in Hampshire and recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. There’s even more about Hampshire finds and volunteering on our blog.

To get involved, try one of the museums, clubs or societies or come to a local event. Contact us to learn more about volunteering for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

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