Hengistbury Head is a site of international importance in terms of its archaeology and is scheduled as an Ancient Monument. It has been occupied on several occasions since the Stone Age.

The Red House Museum in Christchurch displays the archaeology found in Hengistbury Head by archaeologists and earlier collectors. Visit online

Summary of events on Hengistbury Head:

Upper Palaeolithic 12500 years ago The earlier hunter-gatherers
9500 years ago
Hunter-gatherers with bows and arrows
5500 years ago
Early farmers
3500 years ago
Hengistbury Head used as a cemetery with burial mounds
2800 years ago
Settlement and industry
2100 years ago
Port settlement and trade