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Warrior returns home

Images of North Bersted’s oldest known resident have been shown in the area for the first time.


The details about the Bersted Warrior highlighted some of the remarkable facts about the skeleton which was uncovered before hundreds of new homes were built. They formed one of the displays at the Do You Know Bersted? events staged by Bersted Parish Council on Tuesday.


Parish councillor Wendy Kapp said the Bersted Warrior’s remains were uncovered in 2008 and had since been subject to extensive studies by Thames Valley Archaeological Services.


“This is the first time any of this has been shown in Bersted since the warrior was excavated. It’s a really important part of Bersted’s history. It looks like he was found between what is now Bersted Park Community Centre and the children’s play area.”


More details about the warrior are due to be announced shortly. But it is believed he died about 50BC aged between 30 and 45.


He is thought to have been a cavalry officer of King Commius ‘the Attrebation’, who was the King of the Attrebates of Gaul. One of the helmets found with him is unique in this country with its modified metalwork crest.


Also on display were details of Bersted’s more recent past. Some 40 people went along to the first of the two exhibitions at Bersted Jubilee Hall.


Bognor Regis Post columnist Sylvia Endacott took part in local history question and answer sessions.


“Everybody has been talking about bits and pieces of history that nobody else knows about. We have got to start recording this because change happens so rapidly,” she said.


One of those present, Bognorian Maureen Noble, 74, of Ivy Crescent, said: “There is a lot of good information on show. A lot of us have got photos, which we ought to look out.”
she has traced her family’s history in Bognor Regis and Chichester back to the mid-19th century.


Parish council vice-chairman Cllr Jonathan Spencer urged Bersted residents to contact its office with any historical information.


The Bersted Warrior is reproduced courtesy of TVAS.

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