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Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project

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PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Drone shot of main trench, excavating a complex of Anglo-Saxon malting houses. [Image: SHARP]

SHARP (the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term, independently-run archaeological project. Our primary objective is the investigation of 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 and 2020 sees us celebrating our 25th excavation season at Sedgeford.

Since SHARP began its research at Sedgeford, an exciting picture has emerged of human activity within the parish, dating back to the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age and which continues up to the First World War. Throughout the project’s research, its main focal point has been around the Anglo-Saxon period. It is here where our archaeological research has delivered an amazing insight into everyday life during this important period of British history.

This summer our main excavation will continue to focus on an exciting complex of Anglo-Saxon malting houses


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11 Comments

  1. 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

    • 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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