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Downley: three thousand years of history on the South Downs of West Sussex, by Mark Roberts

The Old Library, West Dean College

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Downley: three thousand years of history on the South Downs of West Sussex
A talk by Mark Roberts

The archaeological project at Downley was initiated to find the lost hunting lodge of the Earls of Arundel within the deer park. However, as well as finding Tudor structures and artefacts there is also a background scatter of earlier Medieval material and a host of Roman and Iron Age features and finds.

Initial analysis of the Iron Age pottery suggests that there is likely to be a settlement site on Hat Hill, this then might relate to the field systems which are found covering the downland dipslope, as recently revealed by the SDNPA's LiDAR project. These fields have been examined within the northern slopes of the deer park itself and more extensively within Charlton Forest (Overholt). This lecture will bring the story up-to-date, just two weeks before the 2019 excavations begin.

The excavation of deliberately placed horse skulls and mandibles being excavated from an Iron Age pit at Downley 2018.