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media release
7 August 2014
Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project

Curious about Stone Age life in Brighton over 5000 years ago? Come along to the ‘Dig Whitehawk’ Site Open Day, Whitehawk Hill, Saturday 23 August 2014, 11am-5pm. Displays, demonstrations and activities. View the community excavation and join in tours of the monument.

The event is running as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project. The project is focusing on Whitehawk Camp and the collection of objects excavated from the site in the 1920s and 1930s. Whitehawk Camp is a 5,500-year-old Stone Age site (known as a Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure) on Whitehawk Hill (sometimes called Race Hill) in east Brighton.

The people who built Whitehawk Camp were Brighton’s first residents, and this early, and rare, archaeological site represents the emergence of Britain’s first farming communities. The project is running until March 2015.

The site open day is a free event for families and people of all ages designed to showcase the ‘Dig Whitehawk’ project, the community excavation and prehistoric life. Visitors will be able to explore Brighton’s Stone Age past through activities, demonstrations, displays and walks including object displays; food and diet in prehistory; local ecology; Stone Age art activities; primitive technology; and more! Visitors will also be able to view the community excavation and find out what the team of volunteers has found, take tours of the site and find out how the project team plans to improve the condition of the monument.

To find out more visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/caa/whitehawk-hlf

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