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At the start of the Cretaceous Period, the sea level was 25 metres above now and by the mid-Cretaceous the seas were 200 metres above now with no polar ice caps.
The Tethys Ocean separated Laurasia (north) from Gondwanland (south).
A Saxon settlement at Botolphs on the river Adur north of Shoreham dates from the mid-5th to the mid-6th century AD.
Antler pottery dies and evidence of sunken huts were discovered.
However, at first their numbers were small in comparison to the native population.
The Saxons in this area became known as the South Saxons.
Their agricultural practices are likely to be have been similar and the differences between the two cultures may have been overemphasised by some historic writers.
Speculation: my estimate of the number of Saxons to settle in Sussex in the first wave of settlements to vary between 2 people of all ages, or about 0.25% to 5% of the the native Romano-British and Welsh population.
They were the hybrid people that have been rubber-stamped as 'Saxon'!These coins were dated at the late third century AD.The coins were dated as far back as AD 221 until the latest date of AD 274. 514) accompanied by three sons Cymen, Wlenca and Cissa landed from Gaul (France) (more info).Later (491) they besieged Anderitum (now Pevensey) and killed all the Britons (Bret) living there.The town to the west of Shoreham is called Lancing from Wlencing#, and a few miles further to the west, Cissbury Ring acquired its name (at a later date) from Cissa.The culture and language of the South Saxons were similar to the Old Saxony, hence the name Saxons, although Germanic tribes is perhaps a better term.(This general description excludes the settlers of the area near Hastings in East Sussex.) German archaeologists refuse to label any cultural complex in northern Germany as "Saxon".There were so many different tribes in this area during the Migration Period that they refer to these artefacts as belonging to a "Mixed Group" instead.Where a British archaeologist rubber-stamps an object as 'Saxon', a German archaeologist might see influences belonging to the Chauci, Suebi, or Frisian tribes.Seven Ages of Britain (Channel 4 television) says: DNA male white chromosome evidence says that between 50% and 90% of the current native English population was Germanic in origin.I think this means Angles and Saxons, perhaps Vikings. It is difficult to separate Saxons from Romano-Britons, so separating Angles & Jutes (from modern day Denmark, that settled in East Anglia etc.) from the Saxons from the Weser-Elbe area, now known as Niedersaschen in Germany (south of the Frisian Islands, cities of Bremen and Hanover) from the Franks (no positive record of settlement in Sussex of these Germanic tribes living in Gaul) is not certain.