Beverley Treasure House has put its newest acquisitions on display. Items the public can see include 10,000-year-old bones and also a locally produced rifle.
The items are being displayed in the in the recent acquisitions case at the museum. One of the interesting things you can view are some red deer bones.
These were discovered eroding out of a cliff at Skipsea Withow and are on loan from the finder.
The bones are said to date from the Mesolithic period. This was a time when people in the area would have been hunting and fishing to survive.
From rather more recent times is a muzzle-loading rifle made by E. Akrill of Beverley. This came to the Museum through Humberside Police. It dates to the late 19th century.
Dr. David Marchant, the museum’s registrar at the Beverley Treasure House said;
‘We’ve been able to acquire some important local artefacts, both archaeological and historical in recent years. As well as turning up some undiscovered gems during our ongoing collections audit. This display gives visitors a chance to see some of them.”
Also on display are a number of Treasure items, which the Museums Service has purchased over the past couple of years.
These include a Medieval brooch from Thorngumbald, decorated with clasped hands, and a beautiful gold pendant from Welton, decorated with tiny beads and gold wire.
Another object on display is a tiny Roman gold pendant from the Rowley area, perhaps part of a necklace or earring.
Interesting New Things To Be Seen At The Beverley Treasure House
The red stone set into it is finely carved with a design of a bird and a palm branch.
Dr. Marchant added;
“Roman intaglios such as this are very rare and we are particularly fortunate to be able to acquire this wonderful object.”
“This was due to the generosity of the landowner Mr John Clappison and the finder, Mr Robert Hamer, who both waived the reward they were due under the Treasure Act.”
“In these challenging financial times, donations like these are enormously beneficial to us in adding important heritage items to our collections, and we very much appreciate them.”
The recent acquisitions display will run for approximately six months.
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