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Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk, UK
Dates: Week 1 commences Sunday 2/07/2017, Last day Friday 11/08/2017
Cost: Open day free. Beowulf Evening £20.00 for off-site attendees. Courses vary, on and off site fees vary with food costs. See website for course costs.
Age: Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult / carer. No upper age limit
Training / Experience: Training courses available for those with no experience.
Accommodation: Yes: Camping onsite or self arranged B&B
Organization: Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Reseach Project (SHARP)
Name: David Wood, SHARP Secretary
Address: Write to: David Wood, 8, Heather Close, Woodhall Spa, Lincoln, Lincs, LN10 6YD
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01526352784
Web: www.sharp.org.uk

Details

Aerial photograph of Sedgeford Middle Saxon settlement and industrial complex excavations. (Photo: Mike Page).

Aerial photograph of Sedgeford Middle Saxon settlement and industrial complex excavations. (Photo: Mike Page).

SHARP (Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term archaeological research project, whose primary objective is the investigation of the entire range of human settlement and land use in the Norfolk parish of Sedgeford. Established in 1996, SHARP is one of the largest independent archaeological projects in Britain and firmly rooted in the local community.

Although only a relatively small village, Sedgeford has an incredibly rich heritage spanning over four thousand years. Our work has encompassed such sites as Late Neolithic and Iron Age crouched burials, a Roman villa and farmstead, a Middle to Late Anglo-Saxon settlement and cemetery, medieval manors and church and a First World War aerodrome.

If you have ever thought about digging on an archaeological excavation then we have the opportunities for you. Our excavations run in July and August, and don’t worry if you haven’t got any experience of digging because we run a series of week long courses specifically dedicated to teaching you all you need to know about archaeological excavation and recording techniques. We also run numerous other archaeological courses and day schools, many requiring no prior knowledge of archaeology. During our excavation season, anyone can visit the dig or attend our series of archaeological lectures.

Further details can be found on SHARP’s main website www.sharp.org.uk.

11 Comments

  1. Lady Muck
    May 15, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    A PLACE TO GO AND GO AGAIN

    A fantastic dig for first-timers since it has a well-structured training element.

    However, the site has been under excavation for years. It is therefore full of old-timers. Some newcomers can thus find the site rather cliquey.

    Facilities:

    Excellent-value food. Camping for all – so you need to bring your own tent. Showers and loos 15 mins from the site.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Best for students

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    • Dan Secker
      June 23, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

      I have found Sedgeford the least cliquey site of all (as a mature student, I graduated in 2012 at the age of 45 and thus might be considered an ‘old timer’ by some). Great people from all walks of life. Can’t wait to get back there (absence in 2013 due to being on the dole despite 1st degree)

      Sedgeford rocks

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  2. SB
    May 16, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    KEEP RETURNING TO IT!!

    The courses are well taught and you learn much from them. You will want to keep going back!!!

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? It is very good for students and first timers as i was, and had a brilliant time and learned a lot. You become fully involved with the excavating and recording of the site whatever your level of experience. Everyone was very friendly and there are also activities after digging hours to socialise.

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  3. Eve
    May 17, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    GREAT HUMAN REMAINS EXPERIENCE !

    I’ve been returning to this site for years – from Canada ! I came as a beginner archaeologist and got hooked. It’s an excellent intro for those just starting out, but offers the opprtunity to grow with a long-term project and develop new areas of interest. It’s especially good for those wanting hands -on experience with human remains.

    Brilliant opportunity for arky students to gain experience – including supervisory experience.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Hey ! The shower and toilet facilities are really only 7 minutes from the campsite.

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  4. Archie
    May 20, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    BRILLIANT PLACE.

    A very good training dig indeed; very friendly (and not clique-y, unless one regards old friends re-meeting as clique-y). Training excellent, with brilliant human remains opportunities not normally available to non-professionals.

    In fact, that’s what makes Sedgeford so good: those without any/with little experience are well-taught and their opinions valued. No ‘hogging the best bits’ by the professionals/experienced diggers on this site (as has happened on other sites I have dug). If you find it, you dig it (with appropriate supervision, of course).

    There’s always a wide range of ages on site, from 17 to 70 (ish). And yes, the toilets etc are even less than 7 minutes away (depends on where you camp and how fast you walk…takes me about 3 usually).

    The large number of returnees underlines what a good experience Sedgeford is for the vast majority of those who attend.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Remember to take enough old clothes to cope with wet/cold/boiling hot weather. And a tent/sleeping bag good enough to cope with the UK summer!

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  5. KL
    June 12, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    ITS FAB!

    I’ve never met so many clever, interesting and yet still open-minded people of all ages anywhere else in society! Its a fantastic site archaeologically speaking and because you have to interpret, draw and log what you personally dig your input is there in the records forever which feels lovely (and scary!). I will always be proud to have been at Sedgeford even though i only manage a week every now and then.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Do the B.E.R.T course, even if you are already on a degree course its still a very good and well taught comprehensive intro (or re-cap) of vital skills and info, and its a good way of meeting people….oh and get yourself onto a pub quiz team, another good way to feel you belong.

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  6. John Hensby
    June 24, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    AN EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE

    I have been at the site for the past four seasons and despite my age (67) have enjoyed my time very much.

    Sedgeford I feel is unique in that if you come across a skeleton then you will excavate it (under supervision of course).

    The courses are the envy of many other sites and are very well run. Long may it continue.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Carry on with the good work.

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  7. Bren
    August 26, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    GREAT – LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR

    I have been going do three seasons, having started with the BERT course. Only able to go for one week this season – hopeI will be able to go for longer next year.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Great for first timers – do the BERT course to start and then volunteer as much as possible.

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  8. Oliver Drew
    April 14, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    FANTASTIC SITE, GOOD TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, GOOD

    Site is well run, have been attending when i can since 2005, started with the BERT course. The facilities are good, well run site, plenty of chance to get envolved.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? The BERT Course is invaluable in providing a good foundation in excavation and survey, well worth doing it.

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  9. Camilla Foster
    September 14, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY

    New to S.H.A.R.P., I was made to feel very welcome. The course was a very well taught, hands on experience. Sharing a supper table with people of similar interest and enthusiasm was stimulating. Although to some the site is remote (not to me as I live near to it)the most is made of the facilities within the local community. I definitely would like to go back next year and do the BERT course and dig as a volunteer.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? The introductory course on “Archaeology of human remains” was excellent.

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  10. Current Archaeology – SHARP Week Courses
    March 20, 2015 @ 12:51 pm

    […] And for more information on how to get involved in the excavations at Sedgeford, see the SHARP dig page by clicking here. […]

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