Extensive archaeology has been undertaken in the Meon Valley and on Old Winchester Hill revealing evidence of settlement by iron- and bronze-age Celts (Ancient Britons), Romans and Saxons.
The story of the main excavations sites are described and captured in photographs and documents in pages relating to the villages in which the sites were discovered.
These iconic Saxon archaeological sites are:
- Droxford Railway Station – a Saxon cemetery and lots more history
- On the banks of the Meon – A Saxon settlement and cemetery, and a Roman villa
- West Meon – “Monuments to the Dead”
Artefacts from the Meon Valley excavations are deposited with Hampshire County Council and British Museums. The Saxon gallery at the British Museum is in 2013 undergoing refurbishment, although some of the iconic elements of the collection are still on display. The gallery is due to fully re-open, hopefully including Meon Valley artefacts, in 2014.
We are in discussions with the British Museum and Hampshire County Council on the possibility of the Council borrowing a selection from the British Museum’s Saxon collection to exhibit (alongside hopefully artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard and Saxon Princess collections and artefacts from the Meon Valley) in the Discovery Centre gallery in Winchester.
It is hoped that this exhibition will be staged in 2016 to coincide with the 950th anniversary of the Battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings and the Norman Conquest. Winchester was the capital of both Saxon and early Norman England.