Battle of Lewes Research Group

The Battle of Lewes took place on the 14th May 1264 in Lewes, East Sussex. Also known as The Barons’ War, Simon de Montfort (Earl of Leicester) and his noblemen triumphed over King Henry III in the battle and forced him to seal the Miose of Lewes, which led to the first representative parliament in Britian.

Within this project my research focuses on the 13th Century archaeological deposits, including skeletal remains found in Lewes. Each find site will be plotted on a map to better understand the events that took place in Lewes around the time of the Battle. By plotting find sites I’m hoping to find the grave pits containing the fallen soldiers from this great Battle.

Lewes Castle hosted an open day event on May 28th to promote the Battle of Lewes to local people. Members of the Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society Bones Team held a workshop in the shell keep, a great opportunity for children and adults to learn about skeletal remains in the archaeological record.

Community Archaeology Projects

I volunteer with several archaeological societies and try to get involved in as many community projects as possible. It’s a great way to get the public involved in heritage and archaeology.

The Festival of British Archaeology 2011 takes place from Saturday 16th to Sunday 31st July. This is a national event, with activities for everyone. Contact your local museum, or check the Council for British Archaeology website to find out what’s happening in your area.

This year I’ll be volunteering with the Eastbourne Museum Service.

Animal Tooth Re-analysis Project

I’m re-analysing an assemblage of animal teeth as part of a project with the Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society Bones Team from a local villa site. The information gathered will be used to form a comparative dataset for future projects in the Roman era of Britain.