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'Dig Whitehawk' Site Open Day

18 August 2014

A reconstruction by Ian Dennis of the Whitehawk causewayed enclosure c. 3,600 cal BC (reproduced from Whittle, Healy and Bayliss 2011; fig. 1.3)

The Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project will hold an Open Day at the site on Whitehawk Hill, near Brighton, on 23 August.

The Whitehawk Camp partnership, formed of UCL's Centre for Applied Archaeology (CAA), Brighton & Hove City Council’s Royal Pavilion & Museums and Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society, received Heritage Lottery funding to allow the local community to work with professional and skilled volunteers on the nationally important archaeological monument of Whitehawk Camp (a Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure). The people who built Whitehawk Camp were Brighton's first residents, and this early, and rare, archaeological site represents the emergence of Britain's first farming communities. The project is running until March 2015.

The Site Open Day on 23 August from 11am-5pm is a free event for families and people of all ages designed to showcase the ‘Dig Whitehawk’ project, the community excavation being run by the Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project, and aspects of prehistoric life.

Visitors will be able to explore Brighton’s Stone Age past through activities, demonstrations, displays and walks including object displays; food and diet in prehistory; local ecology; Stone Age art activities; primitive technology; and more!

Visitors will also be able to view the community excavation and find out what the team of volunteers has found, take tours of the site and find out how the Project team plans to improve the condition of the monument.

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Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, the HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with more than £5.9bn across the UK to date.

The Site Open Day is generously supported by Brighton Racecourse.

Please contact Project Manager, Hilary Orange with any enquiries about the Open Day.

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  • A reconstruction by Ian Dennis of the Whitehawk causewayed enclosure c. 3,600 cal BC (reproduced from Whittle, Healy and Bayliss 2011; fig. 1.3)