Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk, UK
Dates: Sunday 1 July to Friday 10 August 2018. We work Sunday to Friday with Saturdays off.
Cost: Various depending on whether only volunteering vs doing a course; waged or unwaged; staying on campsite or off site; with or without catering. As a guide: Volunteer only, camping: £235 waged, £195 unwaged. Courses, camping: £490 waged, £340 unwaged. See website for full details.
Age: Ages 14-16 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Age 17 may attend unaccompanied with parental or guardian consent.
Training / Experience: Training courses available for those with no experience.
Accommodation: Yes – campsite with all facilities and catering provided. Self-supplied tent and camping gear. Off-site accommodation in the village available by private arrangement.
Organization: Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Reseach Project (SHARP)
Name: Brian Fraser
Address: SHARP, The Old Village Hall, Cole Green, Sedgeford, Norfolk, PE36 5LS
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07862 731 577


2017 Excavation on Trench 23 [Photo Credit: Melanie Van Twest]

SHARP (the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term, independently-run archaeological project with the primary objective of investigating the entire range of human settlement and land use in the north-west Norfolk parish of Sedgeford.

Established in 1996, SHARP is one of the largest independent archaeological projects in Britain and is firmly rooted in the local community. It was deliberately set up without a specified research design to permit a wide range of investigations, which in 22 seasons have covered everything from a Neolithic crouch burial to a First World War aerodrome.

SHARP was founded on principles of ‘democratic archaeology’, meaning that all are welcome and even the newest participant is encouraged to voice an opinion on the archaeology and its investigation. The Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques (BERT) course provides an excellent introduction for new starters, with a wide range of specialist courses for further interest.

Coming to SHARP is joining a community. Each year we set up a well-organised campsite with full on-site catering, and arrange a series of after-hours activities including quiz, music, sports and weekly lectures and site discussions on the week’s hottest topic.

We hope you will join us for Season 23 in 2018.

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


    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.


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


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


    • 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


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


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


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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!


  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.


    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.


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


    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.


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


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


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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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