Heritage Eastbourne Archaeology
Beehive Plantation 2016 Heritage Eastbourne Community Excavation
We are really excited to announce that our community excavation this summer will be focussed on evaluating some earthworks on the beautiful South Downs just above Willingdon. The site comprises at least one earthwork enclosure of unknown date that has never been archaeologically investigated before and is thus of prime significance. Although badly damaged in the past through landscaping and erosion, the earthworks are still visible and our evaluation will help to inform the future management of the site. We do not know how old the earthworks are, but the location and shape do indicate either a prehistoric or medieval origin, although there is also the outside chance that it could form part of the C18th landscaping of the Ratton Estate.
Part of the project will also involve the careful examination of a tumulus or cairn that forms part of the site in an attempt to determine whether this is actually a burial mound or landscape feature and again, our information will help to ensure that this monument has a sustainable future.
The site is very handily located right by the Eastbourne Borough Council Car Park at Butts Brow and we will be providing a site hut for storage and toilet facilities. Parking is free for those with an Eastbourne Residents Card and for anyone from outside the area we will try to arrange a limited number of permits, though car sharing will be appreciated as it is a busy enough spot as it is!
The fieldwork project will run between the 27th July and 9th August inclusive and we will be looking for volunteers to take part in excavations, find processing and interpreting the site to the public.
Experience of archaeological excavation is useful as the site is likely to be quite complex but not necessary as training will be given. All participants will need to sign up as Heritage Eastbourne volunteers in order to take part and under 16’s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will be on site between 9am and 5.00pm each day.
We will be running tours of the site at 10am and 2pm every day.
To take part or for further details please email us or call 01323 415641