A story of life from the bones of the past
After archaeological digs, thousands of hours of scientific analysis, investigation, planning and 3D reconstruction, this ground-breaking project revealed the incredible stories of Eastbourne's Ancestors.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this project began in 2012 and is the first time such an extensive examination has taken place on one collection in the UK.
Eastbourne's incredible Ancestors
From our extensive collection of Roman and Saxon remains, we discovered...
What they looked like?
What did they do for a living?
What social status were they?
What did they eat?
Had they suffered illness in life & how did they die?
Where did they come from and where did they live?
2D & 3D Cranio-Facial Reconstructions
Below is our Saxon lady found buried on the site of ECAT at St Anne's Road.
The Search Continues
Eastbourne Heritage Service in partnership with East Sussex County Council Archaeology have just completed a two week community excavation on a grass verge right next to Saxon Place just off the busy Willingdon Road, Eastbourne. This unpromising looking archaeological site has provided evidence of human burials dating back to the mid-Saxon period (c600-750AD) since road building uncovered around one hundred skeletons in the early C19th
The stunning new Eastbourne Ancestors Exhibition is proving a real hit with visitors, highlighting some fascinating stories from Eastbourne’s past. One small exhibit, easy to overlook if you are in a hurry, displays some prehistoric fingerprints preserved in clay.
Eastbourne Ancestors project has uncovered a rare archaeological discovery, a skeleton with African ancestry dating to the Roman period, providing further proof of the ethnic diversity within the province of Britannia.