Digging up city’s Neolithic past

Digging up city’s Neolithic past

Digging up city’s Neolithic past

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Hundreds flocked to a heritage site hoping to discover the secrets of Sussex’s history.

The Whitehawk Dig, which had everything from an archaeological excavation to a deer-carving exhibition, took place in Brighton on Saturday.

The banks at the top of Whitehawk Hill Road sit on top of ancient Stone Age ground.

Archaeologists Owen O’Donnell and John Spiller believe the area could be one of the most important for Neolithic times.

Mr O’Donnell said: “It’s an amazing piece of land and so much history lies in these banks.

“This area is one of the most important in Britain and maybe even Europe in terms of the Neolithic times.

“It shows the first initial signs of proper farming, in terms of people identifying a piece of land and taking residence there as opposed to harvesting everything there is to take and moving on.

“It's a really fascinating place and proves there were people here 5,000 years ago.”

He added: “We’re finding all sorts – we’ve found a piece of bone that’s come from a cow’s rib.

“By the way it was butchered we can tell it’s from about the World War II era because it would’ve needed a metal blade.”

Katie Warrener, who was at the dig with her children Hazel and Charlie, said: “I'm interested in the local history of Brighton and I walk across here on the way to work nearly every day.

“I think it’s so important for the kids to know what's going on around them.”

Volunteer Penny Cooper, who has been helping sift through artefacts for the Brighton and Hove Museum, said: “People know about the beach and the football and the Pavilion, but not many people know about what's on offer on their doorsteps.”

“Lots of local people have shown an interest in the history of the area - and it's all about raising awareness of the heritage of Brighton.

Matt Pope ran a butchering workshop where he carved a deer, to get people to understand the relationship they have with their food.

Event organiser Hilary Orange said “It's great to see so many people coming here on foot which shows they are local.

“That's one of the main reasons we put the project together - to educate the local people and the local kids, so it’s so pleasing to see people turn out.”

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8:21am Mon 25 Aug 14

IratusFurcifer says...

Sounds great but all they mentioned is a cow bone found from WW 2 era. I'm sure there's no shortage of those around in most gardens. What about something a little older and rarer?
Sounds great but all they mentioned is a cow bone found from WW 2 era. I'm sure there's no shortage of those around in most gardens. What about something a little older and rarer? IratusFurcifer
  • Score: 4

10:10am Mon 25 Aug 14

brightonline says...

A palm sized neolitihic hand scraper was found on the second day of the dig when I was helping up there. Also found lots of fire cracked flint and flints that clearly had been knapped and several clay pipes stems. A really interesting project to get involved in on a very special site.
A palm sized neolitihic hand scraper was found on the second day of the dig when I was helping up there. Also found lots of fire cracked flint and flints that clearly had been knapped and several clay pipes stems. A really interesting project to get involved in on a very special site. brightonline
  • Score: 10

2:00pm Mon 25 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

She's in good nick to say she's 5,000 years old.
She's in good nick to say she's 5,000 years old. notslimjim
  • Score: -1

3:34pm Mon 25 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

"Matt Pope ran a butchering workshop where he carved a deer, to get people to understand the relationship they have with their food"

Yeuck!
"Matt Pope ran a butchering workshop where he carved a deer, to get people to understand the relationship they have with their food" Yeuck! getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -4

12:04am Tue 26 Aug 14

Poem58 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
"Matt Pope ran a butchering workshop where he carved a deer, to get people to understand the relationship they have with their food"

Yeuck!
Precisely the point - some folks have no idea where the dinner on their table comes from, and the process by which it gets there.

Meat production is not a fluffy and nice business... unpleasant things happen and consumers ought to know these facts to be able to make informed food choices.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: "Matt Pope ran a butchering workshop where he carved a deer, to get people to understand the relationship they have with their food" Yeuck![/p][/quote]Precisely the point - some folks have no idea where the dinner on their table comes from, and the process by which it gets there. Meat production is not a fluffy and nice business... unpleasant things happen and consumers ought to know these facts to be able to make informed food choices. Poem58
  • Score: 4

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