Hunter Gatherer discovery for Nymans

How Hunter Gatherer’s may have lived in Nymans woods © Nymans/Thomas Hill

How Hunter Gatherer’s may have lived in Nymans woods

Latest update 10.12.2013 16:20

Beneath the frost and snow it’s sometimes hard to imagine the greenery of the previous summer but how about going one step further and trying to cast your mind back even further….

Imagine you are a hunter gatherer with a family group to care for about 8,000 years ago. What would you be looking for in order to survive?

Water - Ideally springs and rivers to provide fish and wading birds and points where animals go to drink; Streams - to allow easier access through valleys and which act as interception points for ambushing game; Woodland - to provide nuts, berries and honey and a variety of trees - for wood to make fires; finally, and possibly most importantly, shelter - perhaps beneath the dry shadow of a large sandstone rock? Nymans woods potentially would have once provided all of these elements.

Joint project

It was a hunch from a member of Archaeology South East (ASE) that we would find evidence of occupation in Nymans woods. Further encouraged by a small flint fragment found outside a rabbit hole - that could only have arrived in the area by human means, a joint venture with the National Trust, ASE and Horsham Archaeology Society began, with excavations to see what the woods would reveal.

This is a very exciting project and will peel away another layer of the Wealden landscape to reveal the hidden stories of Nymans beneath. We’ll be tweeting about any finds and giving project updates as it happens. Follow us on NymansNT to keep up to date with all our news.