Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project

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This exciting community archaeology project, based in Brighton, East Sussex, is focusing on Whitehawk Camp and the collection of objects excavated from the site in the 1920s and 1930s. This 5,500 year old Stone Age monument (a Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure) on Whitehawk Hill is a rare type of ritual monument (predating Stonehenge by around 500 years) and marks the emergence of Britain's first farming communities. The people who built Whitehawk Camp were Brighton's first residents! 

A series of volunteering opportunities, workshops and events are currently running at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Whitehawk Hill and other venues. Volunteers are learning how to catalogue and examine archaeological finds, undertake geophysical survey, excavate archaeological remains and undertake conservation work to the monument. A series of outreach events will examine themes such as our relationship with food, the bio-diversity of Whitehawk Hill and Whitehawk Hill's relationship with the wider Downland landscape. The results of the project will be interpreted through varied digital media and an archaeological archive report.

The Whitehawk Camp partnership, formed of the Centre for Applied Archaeology (University College London), Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society, has received £99,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run this 12 month project from April 2014-March 2015. 

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Whitehawk Hill is a special and familiar place: a Brighton landmark, home to Brighton Racecourse, a number of allotments, and the Whitehawk Camp causewayed enclosure. Rare plants and insects have also made a home on its grassy slopes and hundreds of residents live around the flanks of the hill. 

We are currently running a competition to find great photos that will encourage people to see Whitehawk Hill in new and different ways. 

Deadline for entries Friday 27 February

To enter, download an ENTRY FORM (pdf format) which gives further details or email ioa-whitehawk@ucl.ac.uk for an entry form (doc format). Each participant can submit up to 3 entries. Please submit photos as Jpeg files, at least 300 dpi. Send the entry form and photos to: ioa-whitehawk@ucl.ac.uk


Adult (18 and over): winner, two premier tickets to Brighton Racecourse  and membership of the Royal Pavilion & Museums; runners-up, two premier tickets to Brighton Racecourse. 

Junior (17 and under): winner, £60 book token; runners-up, £30 book token. 


Brighton Racecourse, Friends of Craven Wood and Royal Pavilion & Museums 

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reconstrcution drawing of the hill

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)

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