The location of Racton Man's burial might be significant especially as he
was apparently killed in combat. Racton could be sited on a tribal
boundary. The present hamlet sits within a narrow incised valley of the
River Ems. The lower course to the south is the Hampshire/Sussex county
boundary. Racton lies at the point where the chalkland of the South Downs
meets the loams, sands and gravels of the Chichester Plain. To the
immediate east of Racton rises the west -east chalk ridge that culminates
in Bow Hill, above Kingley Vale, an area liberally covered with prehistoric
earthworks. Flint mines, long barrows, round barrows, cross dykes, a small
multivalate hillfort and a host of less well defined earthworks cover this
ridge. Clearly a centre of habitation that eventually formed part of the
Iron Age Regni tribe. I can see that perhaps Racton stood at the edge of
this tribal area with its distinct geographical juncture dividing it from a
lesser known communal group.
On 15 Dec 2014 20:35, "Dave Tooke" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> He was old. He was ill. He was buried with a valuable object. Those who
> buried him thought it worth putting that object with him.
> We cannot know, but it is a fair inference thatcher was deemed important.
> What could that mean? Perhaps he was a chief, perhaps a priest, perhaps a
> retired warrior. You are right we don't know.
> But the whole point of archaeology is to explore options suggested to us
> by the physical remains of the past to make inferences about the past; and
> thereby learn more about ourselves.
> Dave Tooke
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On 15 Dec 2014, at 19:37, Raymond Nilson <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > This sort of story is interesting up to a point. However, to put it
> colloquially, it really winds me up when I see these stories in the media.
> Why do we persist to allow such pontificating reporting regarding
> archaeology? How on earth do we know this human was a chief? Did they build
> a time machine and go back and ask him? Moreover, modern western
> superficial conceptions of 'seniority' would most-likely have been
> completely dichotomous to these groups in the past. The article states,
> nonetheless, that the information they have provided is 'fact' advocated by
> science. It appears that they know everything about this man. Do they also
> know his name? Was it Frank?
> > Ray (BA, MA).
> > Doctoral Research Student
> > Archaeology, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures,
> > University of Manchester
> > ________________________________________
> > From: British archaeology discussion list [[log in to unmask]] on
> behalf of John Wood [[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: 15 December 2014 16:20
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: [BRITARCH] Racton Man
> > A nice little write up on the BBC website:
> > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-30478544
> > And will be appearing on BBC South Today tonight.
> > Particular interest to me as I used to live in the parish.