The time team are in town this week….
Archaeologists have been carrying out an initial survey of a field next to Durrington Cemetery to see if it contains any features of historical importance.
The survey was commissioned in the wake of the plan to extend the cemetery, with up to 800 extra spaces being created in the next 30 to 35 years.
The initial magnetometer survey was carried out on behalf of Worthing Borough Council by Archaeology South-East (ASE) and potentially revealed a low bank and related ditches which are part of an old field system.
Senior archeologist John Hopes, says: “It is interesting that the data is revealing some features and we hope to investigate further in the near future.”
A Late Iron Age or Roman settlement and an Early Bronze Age stone mace head had been previously reported within half a kilometer of the field off Crockhurst Hill.
The medieval centre of the former Salvington village also lies to the south, and an east-west WW2 defence line ran through the northern half of Durrington cemetery.
If we find anything of interest, we’ll let you know!