Earlier People of the Peak District

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The Museum’s reconstruction of an early Bronze Age burial at Liffs Low, Hartington – a young man of 25 to 30 years old who at some point had broken his elbow. Near him were a stone pendant and a decorated beaker.

The new gallery gives us a fantastic chance to think about the stories of the people of the Peak District, from early people to the modern day.

When archaeological digs are carried out, after all the analysis has taken place, any human remains and associated objects and records are often homed in the local museum where possible. They are a physical link to the folk who left their mark in the landscape. Some had their homes here, some were just passing through. Their structures, tools and artefacts can show us their skill, technology and humanity.

So we would love to know …

  • What fascinates you about earlier people in this area?
  • What sort of things would you like to know about them?  and …
  • What do you feel about human remains in the gallery?

You can leave a comment here or contact us through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BuxtonMuseumandArtGallery or Twitter @BuxtonMuseum using the hashtag #EarlyPeakDistrictPeople.



2 thoughts on “Earlier People of the Peak District

  1. Whilst the bones are interesting i.e. the manner / position in which they were found, burial traditions etc, it would be much more compelling (for me anyway) to have everyday items/clothes that may have been buried with them, or reconstructions of such things on display to give a better picture of what daily life / death meant for these early people. Ancient human remains are not upsetting in this context. The Mary Rose Museum has facial reconstructions on display so that we can see exactly what they looked like, so you can really relate to them! Cheers, and good luck with the new display.

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