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Whitehawk Camp

Causewayed Enclosure


Time Team wanted for Brighton dig

Someone has been generous with money....

Indiana Jones wannabes can dust off their trowels in an archaeological expedition aimed at delving deeper into 5,500-year-old remains in Brighton.

Thanks to a £99,300 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, local residents are being encouraged to work on a Time Team type project

Those taking part will work with professional and skilled volunteers in finding out more about Whitehawk Hill.

The aim, according to the Latest website, is to focus on the collection of objects excavated from the Neolithic site in the 1920s and 1930s.

Experts believe the land, near Brighton racecourse, used to be used for ritual ceremonies 500 years before Stonehenge was created.

It is also thought to be one of Britain’s first farming communities.

Stuart McLeod, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Whitehawk Hill holds hidden clues as to the way our ancestors lived and how the community around here developed into what it is today.

“By delving into this history, volunteers will not only expand their knowledge and learn lots of new skills, but it will also provide a unique record of the area for others to learn, enjoy and be inspired by.”

The Whitehawk Camp partnership is made up of the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University College London, Brighton and Hove City Council’s Royal Pavilion and Museums and Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society.

Over the next 12 months, a series of events will take place which will focus on the biodiversity of Whitehawk Hill and the site’s relationship with the wider downland landscape

Volunteers will also be recruited to catalogue and examine archaeological finds, undertake geophysical survey, excavate archaeological remains and carry out conservation work to the monument.

Dr Dominic Perring, director of the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology, said: “This is what archaeology should be about: a chance for everyone to participate in the adventure of discovery on a really important site.

“There are some fantastic events planned, and we look forward to learning a lot more about what happened at Brighton in the early New Stone Age.”

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chair of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Economic Development and Culture Committee, said: “Whitehawk Camp, older than Stonehenge, is on our doorstep and we are delighted that, with our partners, we have been successful in securing funds to increase understanding and highlight the importance of this historical site.

“This promises to be a real community effort and there will be opportunities for people to get involved in workshops at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery to study objects excavated from the site in the ’20s and ’30s, a community excavation at the site, and a range of other activities.”

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Except they have not filled in the details yet, but there is a nice reconstruction of the causewayed enclosure....

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moss Posted by moss
20th April 2014ce
Edited 20th April 2014ce

Comments (2)

Quite fancy a crack at this as it's just down the road. Still no details about getting involved on the UCL website though. A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
26th April 2014ce
Just been notified that I've been allocated 4 days volunteering on this excavation in August and additional photographic duties......can't wait! Thanks so much moss for posting this! A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
7th July 2014ce
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