Items from the Stone Age, including a distinctive arrowhead, have been unearthed during building work at Seaford Head’s sixth form site.
Contractors for Kier uncovered the archaeological ‘find’, which dates back 7,000 years, at the Old Annex building. The artefacts were found two weeks ago, during the excavations to the north side of the site, which includes hundreds of flint pieces which have been untouched by human hands since 5000BC.
A spokesperson for the school said, “The most visually exciting piece of all to be uncovered is an arrow head. The arrow head, measuring three centimetres in diameter, dates back to the Mesolithic period where stone tools were made from a variety of stone. For example, flint and chert were shaped (or chipped) for use as cutting tools and weapons.”
East Sussex County Council’s archaeological team has been on site for the last couple of weeks undertaking a full scale examination. It is envisaged further forensic study is needed to ensure a thorough and detailed search of the site can be completed.
Neil Griffin, ESCC archaeologist, said, “The East Sussex County Council Archaeologist was informed and further investigations by ASE have identified that this deposit is rich in flint artefact dating from the Later Mesolithic (6,500-4500BC), Neolithic (4,500-2,500BC) and Bronze Age (2,500-600BC). This evidence is indicative of past human activity (principally tool manufacture) on site spanning a long period of time, although not necessarily continuously.
“The site has remained well preserved from more recent activity by the accumulation of soils and this means that much of the worked flint is lying where it was discarded thousands of years ago. Amongst the many artefacts retrieved so far is a barbed and tanged arrowhead which typically dates from Neolithic to Early Bronze Age.
“There is so also evidence of 16th century activity on site but this is largely confined to higher up in the soil sequence and early indications are that this has not significantly disturbed the much older remains.”
Due to the nature of the find the school is keen to work with Seaford Museum in creating an information guide so the discovery that can be viewed by the community once the dig has been concluded.
In the meantime, work on the Old Annex building continues, to ensure that one phase of the build is complete and ready for occupation for the school’s Induction Week in July.