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Last Updated: Monday, 9 May, 2005, 05:30 GMT 06:30 UK
Castle's history goes on display
Pevensey Castle
Pevensey Castle's history dates back to Roman times
Archaeological finds dating back to Roman times are among items on show at a new exhibition at one of Britain's most important historical strongholds.

Exhibits excavated on site at Pevensey Castle in East Sussex include domestic items such as candlesticks and hair pins used by Roman women.

There are also military items, weaponry and ammunition such as arrowheads, crossbow bolts and cannon balls.

The exhibition, opening on Monday, has an interactive model of the castle.

It helps to tell the story of the building. Its roughly oval plan dates from Roman times.

Pevensey Castle was where William Duke of Normandy and his troops assembled before claiming the English crown at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

It has towers dating from the 13th century, was a garrison at a later date and was used in the defence against the Spanish Armada.

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