THE secrets of a mystery ancient warrior will be revealed at a museum exhibition.

The “North Bersted Man” was found during the construction of a housing estate near Bognor 12 years ago.

Experts say the Iron Age warrior could have been a real-life Asterix-style resistance fighter who was buried near the village.

They say it is one of the most important historic finds in the country and has been studied by world experts.

Now their finds will be revealed at a major exhibition at the Novium Museum, Chichester, which will open on January 25.

Chichester District Council cabinet member Roy Briscoe said: “It’s a very exciting time as we draw closer to the launch of the exhibition and we get ready to finally reveal the mystery warrior’s fascinating story.

“I’m pleased to say that we have extended the running time of the exhibition until September 26 so that as many people as possible can view these unique finds and enjoy this incredible exhibition.

“People can also experience life in the Iron Age through our programme of mystery warrior-inspired events, family activities and a lecture series, all

designed to complement the exhibition.

“We are even developing some beautiful contemporary craft with artists from the Chichester area, offering visitors the opportunity to take home something very special by which to remember the mystery warrior.”

The exhibition received £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and area director Stuart McLeod said: “The life of the mystery warrior and the stories he can tell of Iron Age Britain have now been revealed thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players.

“This is a part of our heritage that not only has international significance but is also one that the community in which he was found can finally get to the heart of and learn more about his life and journey.

“We’re delighted and excited to support this incredible project.”

The discovery was made at a Berkley Homes housing development at North Bersted 12 years ago.

Managing director Daniel Cooper said: “We are delighted to have donated this historic find to the Novium Museum in order to ensure that the assemblage remains in its local collecting area.

“It is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries to have been made at one of our sites, and will help connect residents of Bersted Park to the internationally significant heritage of the site.”

The display at the Novium Museum has been sponsored by Irving Mitchell.

Managing partner Paula James said: “Having previously supported the Novium Museum with its 2017 Tim Peake exhibition, this latest partnership reinforces our commitment to supporting local businesses and investing in Chichester’s future.

“We hope the mystery warrior will bring new visitors from near and far to see the exhibition and that they will enjoy visiting our splendid and historic city.”

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