Pair unearth Saxon burial remains





The remains of a 1,500-year-old Saxon burial ground have been uncovered by two Sussex metal detector enthusiasts.

Bob White and Cliff Smith unearthed brooches, a bronze bowl, a spear and a shield from the graves of a man and two women on farmland near Lewes.

East Sussex County archaeologists, confirmed they were Saxon burials and decided to excavate the graves immediately to avoid the risk of looting.

The most impressive grave contained the remains of a female, an unusual bronze bowl, gilded brooches and silver belt decorations.

The most impressive grave contained the remains of a female, an unusual bronze bowl, gilded brooches and silver belt decorations.

The male was buried with a spear and shield.

The 1,500-year-old skeletal remains and the relics have been sent to English Heritage's laboratory in Portsmouth for analysis.

It is hoped they will eventually go on public display at Lewes's Barbican House Museum.


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