Visitors to the British Museum this weekend will be able to experience the Bronze Age through virtual and physical reality. The 4,000-year-old roundhouse will feature swept floors and a lit fire. Some objects were found so recently that they still have dirt on them.

This is the first time the museum will host a virtual reality experience complete with headsets and tablets for visitors to engage with. 

Replicas of objects such as the Beaune Dirk, an unsharpened dagger, or the enigmatic Sussex loops made of coagulated Bronze, will be on display for people to try.

Step into a virtual reality Bronze Age at the British Museum. Image 1.

Image: Micropasts

The exhibition curator Neil Wilkin says, "The technology is particularly useful for the bronze age, a difficult period for visitors to engage with and imagine museum objects in their original context. The bronze age people are very annoying to archaeologists, they tended to scour the sites bare and burn their houses to the ground when they abandoned them, and bury their objects in pits up to a mile away.” 

The virtual reality house was designed by Soluis Heritage, and the digital scans by the museum's Micropasts project, which invited online users to help transcribe and analyze some of the relics.

Facts about the bronze age:

 The Bronze Age came to Britain around 4,000 years ago and linked the Iron and Stone Ages together.

 The Beaker people, believed to come from Spain, arrived in Britain around 2,500 BC. They are called this due to the unique shape of their artifacts.

 Many Bronze Age burial sites have the male bodies facing east while the female bodies face west. They also feature objects that indicate a belief in the afterlife.

 Cover image: Wikimedia Commons