Archaeological Dig Planned For Butts Brow

Saturday 21st May 2016

eastbourne buzz news - South Downs
 

We're being invited to try our hands at being Indiana Jones in Willingdon this summer.

Heritage Eastbourne Archaeology have announced this summer's community excavation, which will be evaluating some earthworks on the South Downs, just above the village.

The site has one earthwork enclosure of an unknown date, that has never been investigated before. It's thought the site could be prehistoric or medieval, although there is a chance it could be part of the landscaping of the Ratton Estate, dating to the 18th Century.

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 next to the Butts Brow car park and the fieldwork project will run from 27 July to 9 August, with volunteers needed for excavations, find processing and interpreting the site to the public. Experience of archaeological excavation would be useful, but full training will be given. Those interested will need to sign up as Heritage Eastbourne Volunteers to take part and under 16s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

To take part call 01323 415641.

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