Archaeology

From Bronze Age axeheads to medieval coins, Braintree Museum holds archaeological material from sites throughout the District.

Strengths of the collection include finds from the extensive excavations of Roman Braintree in the 1980s, as well as medieval material from nearby Cressing Temple Barns. Archaeological objects are also acquired via the Treasure Act 1996, and through individual donations.

Every year many thousands of new archaeological objects are discovered in the UK, either by metal detectors or by accidental means. The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary project which records these finds and gives information about the Treasure Act. Their website is an excellent all-round resource and includes a search feature: great for browsing local finds!