BLINKRR says road will run across site of Battle of Hastings

November 2, 2012 by combehavendefenders

Coverage of new anti-Link Road group BLINKRR (Bexill Link Road Resistance) in this week’s Hastings Observer

BLINKRR are calling on people to:

a) email Casper Johnson (archaeological project manager for the link road) atcasper.johnson [at] eastsussex.gov.uk to express their concern and to request that he work with The Battlefields Trust to establish whether the Combe Haven Valley is the site of The Battle of Hastings, before it is trashed forever.

b) email their MPs (especially Greg Barker at enquiries [at] gregorybarker.com and Amber Rudd at amber.rudd.mp [at] parliament.uk) to express their concern and request that Ed Vaizey (Minister for Culture) ask East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to call in The Battlefields Trust to do the archaeology.

BLINKRR press release:

Osborne’s Road Will Trash World Heritage Site

George Osborne’s Bexhill Hastings Link Road (BHLR) is set to trash the true site of the Battle of Hastings, not in Battle and not at Caldbec Hill but in the Combe Haven Valley, East Sussex, and ruin it as a potential World Heritage site.

John Grehan’s new study [2] places the Battle of Hastings not at Battle Abbey but at Caldbec Hill.

However, not a single artifact has been found at Caldbec Hill and while the Battle Abbey site has been searched for 200 years, no human remains or artifacts from the battle have ever been found.

Alternatively, local historian Nick Austin [3] and his team of amateur archaeologists have found a number of artifacts in the Combe Haven Valley, including earthworks and ditches, a timber construction, a spear, a Turkish crossbow and helmet rings, and in Crowhurst  the wall and tree mentioned in Wace (a primary source) and the original abbey remains.

Further to the recent talk by Nick Austin [4], BLINKRR has examined artifacts recovered from the Combe Haven Valley, evidence that supports the demand that East Sussex County Council (ESCC) must immediately instruct the Battlefields Trust to investigate the site before further damage is inflicted.

The Battlefields Trust – set up by English Heritage, which owns Battle Abbey – has taken Nick Austin’s work sufficiently seriously to invite him to give a talk to them in January.

Significantly, The Battlefields Trust have agreed to work with the county archaeologist, Casper Johnson [5] to establish whether the Battle of Hastings did actually take place in the Combe Haven Valley, but need to be asked to do so.  Why won’t ESCC ask them?

And why won’t Bexhill and Battle’s MP, Greg Barker, and Hastings and Rye’s MP, Amber Rudd, ask Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, to intercede on behalf of our national heritage, and tell ESCC to ask The Battlefields Trust to work with the ESCC archaeologist to establish the evidence?

In preparation for the start of construction of the BHLR in January, Oxford Archaeology, under orders from ESCC, has already started to desecrate this potential World Heritage Site, gouging destructively with earth movers [6].

Moreover, BLINKRR has information to suggest that Oxford Archaeology might be operating in areas in the Combe Haven Valley without proper licences and might therefore be guilty of an environmental crime.

This site, one of the most important battlefields in the history of England, needs assessment by The Battlefields Trust – independent archaeological experts with appropriate equipment and techniques – using magnetometry and resistivity – not road builder’s contractors using caterpillar track excavators!

[1] blinkrr [at] btinternet.com
[2] Grehan, “The Battle of Hastings 1066 – The Uncomfortable Truth: Revealing the True Location of England’s Most Famous Battle”
[3] Nick Austin, author of “Secrets of the Norman Invasion”
[4] Link to Nick Austin’s talk showing that the Normans landed and fought in Crowhurst:  http://youtu.be/0ir6iqREEFY
[5] Casper Johnson, East Sussex County Council county archaeologist (archaeological project manager for the link road); casper.johnson [at] eastsussex.gov.uk, telephone 01273 481608 / mobile  07786 171424
[6] Link to footage published 26th October by Simon Medhurst showing Oxford Archaeology ripping up a potential World Heritage site with a caterpillar track excavator (road archaeology but not battlefield archaeology): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gg9AWF5iBE

 

 

 

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