Dorset County Museum archaeological galleries before 2015
Warning: this is OBSOLETE.
This describes the galleries as they were before the year 2015.
When they reopened after the 2015 refurbishment the
layout was quite different.
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The (patchy) description below
assumes that the visitor enters by way of the back stairs, and
goes around the galleries clockwise, all the exhibits being on the left
except those marked (Right). Displays are numbered in sequence; the
secondary numbers in (parentheses) are the display numbers used in
Harte and Goodyer 1986.
- 0 Finds processing (begun 2003 Jan.)
- 1 (Right) diorama of Iron Age landscape (with modern
- 2 English Heritage video-recording about Maiden Castle including
interview with Sir Mortimer Wheeler; also, formerly, a replica of
the Carinus tombstone
but this was moved 2002 Jan. to the balcony of the main hall
- 3 (2.1) Conservation methods, including
mosaic roundel of a sea-god
from Hemsworth; also a piece of guilloche border from
- 4 (2.2-4) large corner display of various items,
including mortar labelled 0-231-1
and Wool 1988 tombstone;
two pillar bases, one with modern ironwork in top, Colliton Park;
carved stone face with "headdress", Colliton Park,
illus. Goodyer B 5;
worked stone, Poundbury,
B 3, 4, 6;
stone roofing, Poundbury,
Other items which may be present,
not yet identified by JP, but illus. by Goodyer:
two pieces of stone moulding from pillars, Colliton Park, T 18, 19;
worked stone, Poundbury, T 20; stone altar, Colliton Park, T 21.
- 5 table cabinet: Portable Antiquities Scheme
- 6 (3.1-2) (Right) Mesolithic and Palaeolithic
- 7 (cabinet now moved to position 0 above)
- 8 Neolithic, Maiden Castle, finds incl. burial of 2 small children
- 9 Neolithic loomweights, axes, hammers etc.
- 10 Hambledon causewayed camp
- 11 long barrows
(with copy of Pitt-Rivers' Cranborne Chase Vol 4)
- 12 Maumbury; antler pick, etc.
- 13 Mount Pleasant henge, Neolithic
- 14 Bronze Age Mount Pleasant; Conquer Barrow; backs onto 13
- 15 Bronze Age stone circles; Beaker pottery, saddle quern
- 16 Bronze Age farming
- 17 Bronze Age exchange, including Chickerell gold neckrings
- 18 Bronze Age metalwork, with palstaves, etc.
- 19 Bronze Age: Wessex Culture objects
- 20 Bronze Age pottery including Deverel-Rimbury
- 21 Bronze Age Maiden Castle
- 22 Iron Age Maiden Castle
- 23 Iron Age brooches and other small metal objects,
oven, and burrstone pestle, from Maiden Castle
- 24 dog skeleton, Maiden Castle
- 25 Iron Age Dorset (back view of 23)
- 26 Iron Age coins and currency bars
- 27 Iron Age religion: stone heads, and pottery
- 28 Iron Age daily life: mirror fragment,
BIG stone mortarium and spherical pounder
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- 29 Portesham Iron Age mirror burial
- 30 Iron Age Gussage All Saints
- 31 Bulbury, iron age fort, smith's hoard found 1881,
misc. ironwork of various ages
- 32 (9.7) Whitcombe `warrior' (Iron Age and Romano-British site)
- 33 (10.1) Iron Age pots and artefacts with some Roman arrowheads, and
other small metal objects including an earscoop
- 34 (10.2) Maiden Castle war cemetery; 2 skeletons, one with ballista bolt
- 35 (11.1) legionary dagger, spearhead, buckle, etc; bone sword-hilt (removed for
- 36 (11.2) amphorae; key, jug, large bronze bowl
- 36+ (11.2) Roman coopered costrel, bronze bowl. Italian jug
- 37 (11.3) left: Black Burnished and other Romano-British pottery
- 37 (11.4) right: Stone finds mostly from Norden:
(a) odd boat-shaped Burr
(b) PM mortar part-shaped but
broken in making;
(c) PM mortar, 3/4+ remaining
but rim chipped off all round;
(d) sawn fragment of PM. Also objects of shale, other worked stone,
and tesserae, perhaps of
- 38 (11.5-6) Durnovaria, including
Prideaux mortar 1912-28-1
(number written on, as is `CS Prideaux' and `Dorchester', 2 lugs left);
another mortar from Dorchester, 2 lugs, 5/8 left, may perhaps be the Dorchester 1886 Mortar, unmarked
according to Harte and Goodyer;
both about 200mm diam.
Also Colliton Park shale table leg, small metal objects,
2cm stone stamp (not PL).
To the left of this case is a limestone column, from Colliton
Park according to Harte and Goodyer's
- 39 Mosaic fragment from
50 South St, Dorchester.
To the right is a limestone column (not apparently Purbeck);
according to Harte and Goodyer's
gallery catalogue from Preston, but
(pers. comm.) recall excavating it at Dewlish.
Pitt-Rivers excavation at Iwerne Minster 1897 mentioned.
- 40 (11.7) Purbeck
Burr mortar from Portland; shale spindlewhorls; whetstones from
Dewlish (not PL), etc.
- 40+ (11.8) Whitcombe
rider; shale tile 150mm square from Jordan Hill
- 41 (11.9-10) Roman religion. pottery;
Ham Stone roof finial from Dewlish;
carved "phallic" stone figure from Symondsbury (RB, smooth grey stone with
weak calcite veins, acc.no. 1936.42.1);
Kingston Barn altar;
lamps and other small objects; knife from Poundbury
- 42 (13.1, 14.1-2) Maiden Castle long mound burial; chalk idol from Maiden
- 43 (12.1-2) Roman articles; rooftiles, coins, keys, etc.