A brand-new 3D virtual trail has been launched for people to discover fascinating archaeological finds in Eastbourne.

The Story of Eastbourne 3D Trail invites visitors to scan QR codes at 12 locations across the town to view and rotate an uncovered artefact in full 3D from their smartphones – and find a wealth of information on each item.

Among the artefacts on virtual display are an extinct elephant’s tooth, a fireman’s medal, a rare Saxon claw beaker, an Iron Age bead, a flue tile from the Eastbourne Roman villa and a ring believed to have been made by a solider recovering at Summerdown Camp during the First World War.

All the items have been discovered during excavations in the town in previous years and some have never been on display before.

The project is run by Eastbourne Borough Council’s heritage department and funded by the European Regional Development Fund, via the Welcome Back Fund.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s lead member for Tourism and Culture Councillor Margaret Bannister said, “This is such an exciting and fascinating initiative which everyone can enjoy whatever their age.

“The trail helps to tell the Story of Eastbourne through archaeological finds at each location across the town. Once people scan the QR code, it opens to reveal the artefact in 3D on their mobile device along with so much more information on it.

“The artefacts include a Neolithic dolerite axe, a Home Guard map and a fragment of pottery dating back to the Bronze Age. It’s a great way to discover some of the fascinating finds from Eastbourne.”

People can also access the trail and discover the artefacts on Heritage Eastbourne’s website: www.visiteastbourne.com/heritage/projects/3d-trail