3rd May 2002 - Wessex Archaeologists uncover the Amesbury Archer

Skythian_archer_plate_BM_E135_by_Epiktetos.jpg On 3rd May 2002, Wessex Archaeologists found the skeletal remains of ‘the Amesbury Archer[1]’.

They had been excavating land purchsed by Persimmons and Bloor Homes for a new housing estate.

The Archer was 35-40 years old. He lived and died in the Early Bronze Age - around 2,300BC. He was buried with various artefacts including arrowheads and a wrist protection thought to guard against the impact of the bowstring[2].

2,300 BC is around the time of the erection of the Stonehenge Sarsens (the bigger, lighter stones, some of which are set up in the trilithon, upright-lintel-upright, formation), so an alternative name given to the Archer was ‘the King of Stonehenge’.

There’s a photograph of the Archer’s remains on the Wikimedia Commons site here: Stonehenge Archer skeleton


[1] The Excavation | Wessex Archaeology, URL: http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/projects/amesbury/excavation.html

[2] The Archer’s Burial | Wessex Archaeology, URL: http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/projects/amesbury/archer_burial.html


A Scythian archer - probably not much like the Amesbury Archer, but I liked th picture. By English: Epiktetos (signed)Français : Épictète (signature) (Jastrow (2006)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons