East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Guided site visit of the Culver Archaeological Project, Sunday August 2, 2pm at Bridge Farm, Barcombe Mills. The Culver Archaeological Project began in 2005 with a simple programme of field-walking, survey and trial trenching in the hope of identifying further archaeological sites within the landscape around Barcombe Villa. Little did we know back then that we would not only find an unknown Roman road but a sizeable undiscovered Romano-British settlement, both of which would lead to large area excavations. I am delighted that we have arranged for you to hear more about this local initiative during a guided site visit with the founding Director, Rob Wallace or Deputy Director David Millum. ‘Site visits are a lottery as we never know what we may find. At Bridge Farm it tends to be soft archaeology i.e. ditches, pits, post holes rather than wall foundations but the finds (pottery, coins etc) usually make up for the lack of obvious buildings. Given our previous excavations and the incredible geophysics, we are pretty sure we always have something to see and many groups also find the process of excavation as interesting as the results.’ To enhance your experience please feel free to checkout their website at www.culverproject.co.uk.

The location of the site is Bridge Farm, Barcombe Mills, Nr Lewes BN8 5BX. Map reference TQ433145. There will be basic toilets at the farm for exclusive use of CAP volunteers and visitors. The farm is virtually opposite to the Barcombe Mills public car park and we shall be meeting there at 1.45pm for a 2pm start. Admission is £3 (£5 non-members) and the visit is expected to last about an hour. We will need to cancel if weather proves to be diabolical! So please make sure your contact details are correct, ideally via an email. For those who want to have a pub lunch beforehand the nearest pub to the site is The Cock, which is just off the main Lewes to Uckfield road, just south of the Barcombe Mills turn off. Whilst called Ringmer this pub is closer to Barcombe Mills and our site. Enquiries: Toni Whewell 01825 872460. Please send applications to Toni Whewell, Holdens Lodge, Stalkers Lane, Chiddingly, BN8 6HF enclosing cash or cheque for £3 (£5 non-members) made out to the Culver Archaeological Project. Closing date for applications, July 19.

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