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Iron age warrior

The secrets of an Iron Age warrior, who is thought to have been a real-life Asterix resistance fighter, are to be revealed this month through a major exhibition at The Novium Museum, Chichester.


‘Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man’ will open on January 25. This will be the first time that this extraordinary Iron Age warrior and his burial possessions will be on public display.


Thanks to generous funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the exhibition will be complemented by a series of free activities and events running to the end of September.


A range of exclusive merchandise is also being developed with three local artists. Each artist is creating a range of beautifully crafted objects inspired by the mystery warrior.


These will be on sale in The Novium Museum gift shop throughout the run of the exhibition.


The mystery warrior was discovered 12 years ago in Berkeley Homes’ Bersted Park development, in the most elaborately equipped warrior grave ever found in England. It has been dated to around 50BC, in the late Iron Age. Due to its significance, a team of world-class experts has been working with the museum to analyse and interpret the finds.


The exhibition — which has been made possible thanks to the donation of the finds by Berkeley Homes, a £50,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and signature sponsorship from


Irwin Mitchell solicitors — will explore the life, health and death of this fascinating man. It will attempt to explain some of the questions that have been raised by the circumstances of his burial.


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