Going back in time in Eastbourne

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A Saxon tented village was set up for three days recently in Gildredge Park.

The Heritage Lottery funded Eastbourne Ancestors project organised the event, where the country’s foremost Anglo-Saxon living history group, Regia Anglorum, recreated everyday life in the Saxon era.

Saxon Village set, Gildredge Park, May 4th 2013 E19061P'Regia Anglorum Medieval reenactment organisation

Saxon Village set, Gildredge Park, May 4th 2013 E19061P'Regia Anglorum Medieval reenactment organisation

The village showed visitors how everyday people lived in Saxon times and give the public a chance to see their crafts and weaponry.

This is particularly relevant to the project as Eastbourne Ancestors is currently examining the human remains from two Saxon cemeteries within Eastbourne.

The Eastbourne Ancestors team really wants the public to grasp the idea that history and archaeology is about how people lived, not just about how they died and indeed that our forbears of more than 1,000 years ago were just like us in so many ways.

There are more than 300 skeletons in the Eastbourne Heritage Service collection, most of them Anglo-Saxon from around 1,500 years ago but some are possibly Neolithic, more than 4,000 years old.

The aim of Eastbourne Ancestors is to give an osteo-biography or story from the bones for each individual in the collection. T

his will involve detailed scientific analysis which will not only confirm the sex, age and stature of each individual but could also tell us about their health, diet, social status, place of origin and perhaps how they died. For more information go to www.facebook.com/East bourneAncestors