Pococks Field, Eastbourne

Pococks Field

ASE Project 5647, East Sussex. NGR: 560220 100520



The site is accessed via Kings Drive. Please note that there is no visitors parking available on site.

Archaeology South-East is running a programme of outreach and public engagement throughout the duration of our excavation at Pococks Field from August to October 2014. The outreach comprises open days, family days, schools visits and a volunteer programme.

Ahead of redevelopment, ASE is carrying out extensive excavations on behalf of Bovis Homes. From earlier investigations on the site, we expect to find archaeology surviving from a range of periods and especially from Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and medieval times. Our excavation will focus on how this area of the Willingdon Levels has been used over time and what activities were taking place here - hundreds and thousands of years ago!

Our on-site display space provides background to the project as well as plans, photographs and finds from the ongoing excavation.

Public Open Days are held on Wednesdays between 11am and 3pm (selected dates through August, September and October). Family Open Days are being held on two Saturdays: one in August, one in September.

The site is accessed via Kings Drive. Please note that there is no visitors parking available on site. Please wear sturdy footwear.

Our excavation is also open to volunteers who wish to gain experience of archaeological fieldwork. Full training and supervision will be given by ASE staff. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact us via email or call 07515 974314.

The excavation and outreach programme is being funded by Bovis Homes.

Pococks Field is believed to comprise relic pasture, which has lain uncultivated for several centuries. The site also lies on the edge of the Willingdon Lagoon, which is known to have been the location of Roman salt-working, as evidenced at the Poplin Marsh site, 400m to the north. Previous small-scale investigations on the site, especially work by the Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society, have already uncovered hints at prehistoric, Roman and medieval settlement including a substantial double-lynchet trackway to the north of the site. The date of this trackway is uncertain but it appears to have provided access to the marsh from the higher ground to the west.

These earlier investigations have also recovered considerable quantities of finds such as Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and medieval pottery, animal bone, and ceramic building material. We expect to recover lots more of the material culture left behind by previous inhabitants.

From geophysical survey undertaken in advance of the excavation, we know that a substantial system of ditches is buried under the turf, probably representing a series of enclosure boundaries. These ditches will be carefully excavated to enable us to piece together the use of this area from its earliest occupants through to the modern day. We will also be excavating at least one building, already known to be present on the site, although its date and purpose are uncertain.

The excavations follow recommendations from the Archaeology Section at East Sussex County Council acting as advisors to Eastbourne Borough Council, and are being undertaken in accordance with a Written Scheme of Investigation prepared by Archaeology South-East to meet the requirements of a planning condition on the development. The County Archaeologist (county.archaeology@eastsussex.gov.uk) will be monitoring the work on behalf of the planning authority.

Past Events

Open Days: Sat Sep 20th, Wed Oct 1st, Wed Oct 5th, Wed Oct 15th
Location: Site
Description: This summer the excavation will be open to the public to see the work in progress, visit the on-site display and view the finds recovered. Open Days will be held between 11am and 3pm on selected Wednesdays in October. Site tours will be held regularly throughout the day. A Family Open Day will also be held on Saturday 20th September. These events are free but please book a slot for a guided tour.

Photos Sooz has her office set up for finds processing and already has volunteers cleaning artefacts Overhead shot from the drone Our first week with volunteers on site, it's been great fun. Rob, Barbara and Simon are working with Ben Gary cleaning out his feature, bone tools have been discovered so far Ben discovered an interesting pottery vessel in the feature he excavated Sooz hard at work on site Site background poster Site open days poster Fiona puts the finishing touches to posters advertising our site open days
Videos (open in YouTube) Video 1

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