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.
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.