Cemetery gives up its secrets

A volunteer cleaning a skeleton prior to it being lifted
A volunteer cleaning a skeleton prior to it being lifted

Eastbourne’s extensive early Anglo-Saxon cemetery and the discovery of an early Iron Age settlement were the subject of a talk by Patricia Stevens on Friday.

In 1991 Patricia directed the excavations of Eastbourne’s early Anglo-Saxon cemetery and the discovery of an early Iron Age Settlement, undertaken for the Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society.

The area occupied the crest of St Anne’s Hill, where evidence of an early Iron Age settlement was discovered in 1989.

Patricia described some of the 28 burials excavated as well as several cremations.

Numerous knives, spears, beads, brooches and many other artefacts were recovered as well as Anglo-Saxon and Iron-Age pottery.

Also, the site of a Bronze Age round barrow was revealed with its ditch.

The Anglo Saxon cemetery and iron Age settlement sites have proved to be the largest of their kind in Eastbourne.