More Amesbury Archer details as ‘Prince of Stonehenge’ secrets are revealed

More secrets of the Amesbury Archer - the burial site that astonished archaeologists with its rich Bronze Age finds - are to be revealed.

Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, of Wessex Archaeology, who has overseen work on the burial site, will give a public talk on the latest discoveries at the site, which dates back to 2,300BC.

The Amesbury Archer skeleton provoked international interest from the media who dubbed him ‘the King of Stonehenge’ when the find was announced.

The grave, near Amesbury, Wiltshire, contained around a hundred objects - a dozen would have been considered a good find - making it the richest early Bronze Age burial site in Britain.

His burial site is the first evidence of an elite with the power to organise the great temples of the early Bronze Age, including Stonehenge, which used huge stones brought by enormous effort from Wales.

At a special lecture at Salisbury Museum on Saturday September 28, Dr Fitzpatrick will give full details of a second find at the site. This was the skeleton of a 30-year-old man which was discovered close to the Amesbury Archer and dates back to the same time.

As his skeleton was being cleaned in the laboratory, archaeologists were surprised to find, trapped in dirt inside the man’s jaw, a pair of gold earrings.

“These are some of the earliest kinds of metal object found in Britain,” said Dr Fitzpatrick. “They were very rare and the fact that so many valuable objects have been found together in both graves is unique. My talk at the open day will give full details of these finds.

“We’ve no doubt that the second skeleton is important too and we look forward to seeing if the media will call him the ‘Prince of Stonehenge’.”