In 2009 two Detectorists found Saxon graves near Lewes

Back in 2009 Bob White and Cliff Smith, stumbled upon the Saxon cemetery while metal-detecting on farmland outside Lewes As soon as they realised the importance of the site they sought advice from the police and local archaeologists who decided to excavate the graves immediately after seeking permission from the landowner.

Three graves were uncovered, one holding the remains of a man and two of a woman.

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One of the females was buried with a bronze bowl which still had a working handle as well as gilded brooches and silver belt decorations.

The male was buried with a spear and shield and this with other artefacts suggested the family was relatively wealthy and of a high status within their local community.

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