Tag Archive: Sussex Archaeological Society

Lewes Castle: Medieval 600-tonne wall collapses on house

A medieval castle’s 600-tonne wall collapsed on to a house and garden in Lewes sparking a major search. Emergency services, including a hazardous area response team and sniffer dogs, went to the scene of the collapse of the 10m (32ft) by 10m wall. The wall had been reportedly undergoing work to remove ivy in recent…

Skeleton could be soldier killed in 1066 battle

1066 hastings skeleton

A skeleton found in Lewes is now believed to be the only recorded remains of someone killed in the Norman invasion of 1066. The skeleton of a man, known as 180, was found in a medieval cemetery when Western Road School was demolished in 1994. Radiocarbon dating places the man’s death to within 28 years…

The search begins for archaeological evidence of the Battle of Lewes

Battle of Lewes plaque

A major archaeological search began on Tuesday to find evidence from the Battle of Lewes. The dig got under way in driving rain at Landport Bottom on the anniversary of the battle 749 years earlier. Tantalisingly, it achieved immediate results. Luke Barber, Research Officer for the Sussex Archaeological Society, said the first day uncovered a…