Selmeston, East Sussex Anglo-Saxon cemetery

The 1979 excavation at Selmeston East Sussex with IoA student volunteers

Although stored at the Institute by the late Dr Martin Welch and worked on by generations of conservation students since 1980, the archive from this potentially major Sussex Anglo-Saxon cemetery has yet to be brought fully into the public domain.

With support from a Sussex Archaeological Society Margary grant and volunteer time from Institute of Archaeology postgraduate students, the material is gradually being readied for analysis and publication.

The specific issues for this site are the apparent absence of female graves and the relationship of this community to others along the scarp of the South Downs, for example the much larger group at Eastbourne St Ann’s Road (ASE forthcoming).


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