The area now known as Essex was at the forefront of social and economic developments in the Bronze Age due to its proximity to and connection with continental Europe.
The new groups which emerged at this time had wealth and power. Evidence of this diversity and richness is seen in the objects discovered in the ground.
The majority of archaeological evidence for the Bronze Age comes from burials and religious sites. These sites include burial mounds and cemeteries. The collection held in Colchester Museums includes a number of bronze age metalwork hoards as well as pottery and burial items.
Bronze Age Collections