Knowledge of the bronze period is derived form the graves contents and bronze implements that are discovered, and the lack of flint implements found. During the Bronze Age the custom was to burry the dead in circular grave moulds, shaped like inverted bowls or saucers, surrounded by a ditch at the foot of the mould, which was of various sizes and types, from between 2 – 3 feet up to 12 feet in height.
The arrival of the Bronze Age, brought with it a new race of people, of different physical features from those of the darker skin smaller Neolithic native, with different possessions, there structure was larger several inches taller than the native Neolithic inhabitants.
The new settlers who came to Sussex were known as the ‘Celts’, were from parts of Normandy, Switzerland, and South Germany, they brought with them new pottery and new bronze implements and weapons, socket handle axes, bronzed winged axes, bronze blades, and slashing swords.
The remains of Bronze Age graves (moulds) found in Brighton, one from Beggar’s Haven, near the site of the old Dyke railway station, a skeleton of a woman found along with a tubular bead of bronze around her neck, another skeleton found in Ditchling Road Brighton, and two from Church Hill, near St. Nicholas’s Church.
The largest Bronze Age grave (mould) to be found in Sussex was in Palmeria Avenue Hove. Among the finds was a oak coffin of about 7 feet long, besides the fragments of decayed bones, was a Red Amber Cup made from a single piece of red amber about 5 inches in height, it has a rounded flat base with a handle, finely decorated on the body of the cup with raised lines, also found a stone axe hammer that was made of volcanic stone, and a bronze dagger.
West Blatchington Hove. Excavation carried out in 1947 – 1949, disclose evidence of the Bronze Age settlements, a few store jars, broken pottery, and a cooking place containing over a ton of burnt flint, plus two bronze broken axes were found.