Bristol Museum Archeology Collection – Bristol, England - Atlas Obscura

Bristol Museum Archeology Collection

An array of ancient artifacts from Bronze Age Bristol and other civilizations are housed in this museum.  

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The Bristol Museum archeological collection consists of numerous artifacts from several ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome. However, the most notable exhibit on display in the archeological collection of the Bristol Museum is undoubtedly the “Tomarton skeletons.”

These 3,500-year-old human remains have been dated by archeologists to the Bronze Age. The remains of three individuals were found in the Gloucestershire village of Tomarton during the installation of a gas pipeline around 1968. Subsequent research by forensic anthropologists revealed that two of these individuals were male and had sustained fatal combat wounds. One popular hypothesis is that the men may have been brutally murdered, then buried near to the site of their slaughter.  

Know Before You Go

The Bristol Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry is free. The archeological collection is found on the ground floor of the museum. 

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