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Site name Park Brow, Sompting
Site number 1297
Burial codes 2003 2009 2021 2023 2026 2028 2030 2035 2036 2043 2045 2048 2051 2053 2065 2075 2084 2092 2098 2102 2104 2111 2127 128 2143 2153 2161 2181
8/700bc-100bc A settlement site represented by a series of storage or rubbish pits and adjoining huts. The pits ranged in size from large bell-shaped storage pits to little rough pits 0.5m across by 0.6m deep. None showed particular stratified fills, and each appeared to have been filled in on a single occasion. The smaller pits provided most sherds, and pots in them appear to have been deposited as broken masses. With the pottery generally were found loom weights, chalk spindle whorls, a decorated bone weaving comb, broken stone querns, charred wheat and many animal bones of ox, pig and sheep. Only one iron pin and a roughly constructed bronze pendant provided metal finds.

Twelve evenly sized and shaped oval beach-worn pebbles were buried together in a little pit. In another pit were lumps of red and yellow clay, and many beach-worn fragments of oyster shell, mixed with a mass of sherds of fine bowls and coarse vessels.

In the first pit (Early Iron Age context) the upper part of a female skull was found [1924]. In another a human jaw was found [1927].

Calcined bone was contained in a coarse, light red pottery vessel buried in a shallow, irregular, chalk-cut depression.
Remains/Period Y2
County Sussex
Region SE
National grid square TQ
X coordinate 153
Y coordinate 86
Bibliographic source Wolseley and Smith 1924, Wolseley, Smith and Hawley 1927, Harding 1974, Whimster 1981, Wilson 1981


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