Eastbourne Ancestors by Graham Huntley
Eastbourne Ancestors by Graham Huntley

Eastbourne Ancestors

A story of life from the bones of the past

Eastbourne Ancestors is a project which resulted in a fascinating exhibition on display throughout 2014.

After archaeological digs, thousands of hours of scientific analysis, investigation, planning and 3D reconstruction, this ground-breaking project revealed the incredible stories of Eastbourne's Ancestors.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this project began in 2012 and is the first time such an extensive examination has taken place on one collection in the UK.

Saxon Man at Eastbourne Ancestors

Did You Know?

Eastbourne Heritage Service have over 300 skeletons in their archive collection

2D & 3D Cranio-Facial Reconstructions

Gaze into the eyes of our ancestors through our extensive cranio-facial reconstructions conducted by leading UK experts.

Below is our Saxon lady found buried on the site of ECAT at St Anne's Road.

Buried Treasure

Saxon Brooches & Buried Treasure

Saxon Saucer Brooch at Eastbourne Ancestors, photo by Jarrold Publishing
From the rare brooches with gems from India to the beautiful crystal spindle whorl, the treasures buried thousands of years ago can tell us even more about the people who lived here.

Video by East Sussex Moviemakers

East Sussex Moviemakers came to visit the exhibition and here is their video by Harry Lederman (time 2:48).

Video by East Sussex Moviemakers

Also from East Sussex Moviemakers, here is an atmospheric, CSI style film by Chris Conil (time 4:54).

Heritage Lottery Funded Project

Heritage Lottery Fund