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This section contains the latest news from the Field Unit, as and when it occurs. New sections are added as and when to show the progress the Field Unit are making during the year.

* Original Information 18th February 2019

 

BHAS Post Excavation 2018/2019

There have been a number of finds processing days over the winter period. Finds from the excavations at Rocky Clump were washed at the premises of the professional unit Archaeology South East (ASE) who once again kindly opened their doors to us. We had several visit to their site for finds washing. There have been 2 other finds processing days held at the Patcham Community Centre where finds were sorted into their various catagories, and later marked after washing. All of these events were well supported by the membership. A number of the BHAS field unit have also been working at ASE helping them out with some processing. We have marking finds from their excavations at Chichester, which do not have funding. This has given the BHAS field unit the opportunity to examine pottery and other finds from different Sussex locations.


Winter Walks

There has been only a single winter walk this season. This was a walk from the ancient trackway leading from Falmer to St Mary Farm. The walk then progressed upwards to Stanmer Down and Bow Hilll. After looking at earthworks and other archaeological features the walk continued up into Millbank Wood. There is so much archaeology in this part of Sussex. A good number of BHAS members came along on a bleak and overcast, but dry day. One other outing was to Ringmer where BHAS members were invited along to the site of a brick making kiln being excavated by Archaeology South East.

 

Beacon Hill

In November 2018 the BHAS conducted some small excavations on Beacon Hill. The test pits were located in an area between the pair of Neolithic long barrows, which are scheduled Ancient Monuments. The test pits were to investigate the site for a new beacon location. The test pits revealed possible cuttings in the chalk below, and a nice collection of prehistoric pottery and flintwork.

In December a small watching brief was conducted on Beacon Hill just east of the windmill. A number of picnic benches were being erected and BHAS examined the post holes as they were being dug. No features were noted, but there was an interesting collection of Victorian artifacts.

 


 Excavations at Rocky Clump from April 6th 2019

The Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society will be returning to Rocky Clump on Saturday 6th April. This season we will continue to investigate the east end of a large ditched enclosure. This is the entrance to this late Iron Age or early Romano-British enclosure, other areas inside of the enclosure will also be examined. In 2018 about a third of the area planned for excavation was examined and features found included an Iron Age granary building and large grain storage pit. Other features investigated included some of the surrounding ditches which produced late Iron age pottery, lots of animal bones and 2 baby burials. The excavations is led by the BHAS Field Unit Archaeological Secretary Pete Tolhurst.




BHAS have a full winter programme with lectures, finds processing, day schools and walks or visits to places of interest.

 
The BHAS field unit is open to anyone with an interest in archaeology, no previous experience is required, all training will be given. For further details apply to the membership section or contact either Pete Tolhurst at archsec@brightonarch.org.uk or John Funnell at co-ordinator@brightonarch.org.uk for more details

 

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