Whitehawk Hill Camp

Reproduced with permission from the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder, 1990

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a) WHITEHAWK HILL CAMP: 'White Hawke Hill', which reaches 396 feet above sea-level, was recorded as such in 1587, but has the earliest known inhabited site in Brighton at the Neolithic Camp, one of twelve known causewayed camps of the Neolithic 'Windmill Hill' culture in Britain. Inhabited circa 2700 B.C., the camp, which is a scheduled ancient monument, covers twelve acres and was excavated by the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Club in January 1929, 1932-3, and again in 1935 when Manor Hill was laid out over the site. The whole camp measures 950 feet north to south and 700 feet east to west, and has four concentric ditches, the innermost three feet deep and the outermost seven feet deep, which are interrupted by numerous causeways. Among the finds were decorated pots, flint instruments and human skeletons, now exhibited in Brighton Museum, but found amongst the animal bones were some charred human bones, suggesting that the inhabitants may have been cannibals. The ditches of the camp may still be seen, centred on the junction of Manor Hill and Whitehawk Hill Road. {247,248}

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