The Seven Sisters in prehistory

A view from flag staff looking back towards Belle Tout

After the last Ice Age the environment in what is now known as Britain was more wooded then at present. Mesolithic people roamed the countryside hunting wild animals and gathering fruits and nuts. The landscape probably did not change much apart from some small-scale clearance for open spaces.


Around 4000BCE farming was gradually introduced with the cultivation of cereals and the rearing of livestock. Flint mining was industrialised during this period and the tools were used for most everyday tasks. 

Neolithic flint work has been found on the Seven Sisters including serrated blades and axe rough outs. There are no long barrows along the Seven Sisters (as far as we can tell) but they are present around Alfriston and Eastbourne. 

The Seven Sister area must have been a buy place in the Bronze Age. Many round barrows, pottery fragments and worked flints have been recorded. On Belle Tout there is evidence of occupation by the Beaker people click to read the banks and beakers report.

Two of the flint scrapers found at Crowlink
Two of the flint scrapers found at Crowlink

The large earthworks on Belle Tout are believed to date from the Iron Age. This important site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and we manage it to preserve its archaeology.

The ramparts on Belle Tout
The ramparts looking in land.