Evidence of activity during the Stone Age on the site of Seaford Head School’s new sixth form building has been uncovered during excavations.
The building company Kier discovered artefacts such as this arrowhead which dates back to the Mesolithic period.
They also found hundreds of flint pieces which had been untouched since around 5,0000 BC, indicating tool manufacture on the site spanned a long period of time.
In a statement from the archeological team, Neil Griffin said: “The East Sussex County Council Archaeologist was informed and further investigations by ASE have identified that this deposit is rich in flint artefacts dating from the Later Mesolithic (6,500-4500BC), Neolithic (4,500-2,500BC) and Bronze Age (2,500-600BC).
“This evidence is indicative of past human activity (principally tool manufacture) on site spanning a long period of time, although not necessarily continuously.
“The site has remained well preserved from more recent activity by the accumulation of soils and this means that much of the worked flint is lying where it was discarded thousands of years ago.”
The artefacts were found a few weeks ago during the excavations to the north side of the site.
The most exciting piece so far is the arrowhead measuring three centimetres in diameter, dating back to a time when stone tools were made from flint and chet and shaped or chipped for use as cutting tools and weapons.
“Amongst the many artefacts retrieved so far is a barbed and tanged arrowhead which typically dates from Neolithic to Early Bronze Age.
“There is also evidence of 16th century activity on site but this is largely confined to higher up in the soil sequence and early indications are that this has not significantly disturbed the much older remains.”
The county’s archaeological team has been on site for the last couple of weeks undertaking a full scale examination of the site.
Further forensic study is needed to ensure a thorough and detailed search of the site.
Due to the nature of the find the school is very keen to work in partnership with Seaford Museum to create an information guide so that the discovery can be viewed by the community once the dig has been concluded.
Work on the Old Annex building continues, to ensure one phase of the build is complete and ready for occupation for the induction week in July.
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