Hampshire is on the south coast of England and has a rich and varied landscape ranging from coastal plains to downlands and heaths. Within its boundaries are two National Parks – the New Forest, and the South Downs. The region is thought to have been continuously occupied since the end of the last Ice Age around 12,000 BC, and today is a rich landscape of history and archaeology. With its position on the Solent this region was important for trade and defence, from prehistory until the modern day. Important archaeological sites include:
- Flowerdown Bronze Age barrows
- Iron Age hill forts of Danebury and Buckland Rings
- Rockbourne Roman villa and Ermin Street Roman road
- Winchester Cathedral which has its roots in the 7th century
- The 800 year old Beaulieu Abbey
- The historic properties of The Vyne and Highclere Castle
- Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which charts the maritime history of Britain and includes the famous ships HMS Victory and the Mary Rose
Discover artefacts and coins found in Hampshire and recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database.
Hampshire Cultural Trust
The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Hampshire is generously hosted by the Hampshire Cultural Trust. You can find out about their wide range of venues, activities and events on their website.