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.
SHARP offers financial support for excavation and our courses through the John Hensby Bursary. For further information, email [email protected]
We welcome all volunteers regardless of background and often no previous experience of archaeology is necessary, as on-site training courses are run every week during the excavation, as well as a wide array of other specialised training courses.
Our ongoing excavation focus is on a complex of Anglo-Saxon malting houses, located to the east of the previously excavated settlement, within Chalk Pit field. Our research on this particular site has been ongoing since 2013 and is now beginning to produce a remarkable insight into how these rare features within the Anglo-Saxon period would have functioned. In addition to our main excavation, we also undertake several smaller evaluation excavations. You can read more about our ongoing excavations on our blog.
There are several ways in which to participate in one of Britain’s leading archaeological research and training opportunities.
Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk, PE36 5LT
Region: East (East Anglia)
Time period: Mesolithic to WW2 – main excavations for 2022 will be Anglo Saxon and Roman
Accommodation provided: Campsite available or independent booking of local accommodation
Level of experience required: If attending the Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques Course, no experience required. As a volunteer, must have had two weeks experience.
Academic credit available: Yes – accredited to sign off BAJR Passport
Extra on-excavation activities:
- Festival of Archaeology Open Day July 24, 2022.
- Events planned every evening.
- Tuesday Lectures include: The Anglo Saxon Settlement in Chalkpit Field (Phil Hill), Seahenge and its Sister (David Robertson), Three Sharp-Bladed Trauma Victims (Ray Baldry), Excavations of a Romano-Celtic Temple (Paddy Lambert), The Paston Letters (Peter Stibbons) and more.
- Range of Courses: the Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques Courses dig weeks 1-5, Non Invasive Course Week 1, Intro to Zooarchaeology Analysis, Historic Building Research and Surveying, Intro to Human Remains, Dig for a Day and a Day Archaeometallurgy Workshop.
Age limit: Persons aged 14 or 15 are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian accompanying. Ages 16 and 17 may attend unaccompanied with parental or guardian permission.
Dates: June 26 – August 5 2022
Cost: Various prices ranging from on-site camping to off-site. Concessions available and a bursary available for qualifying applicants. All details available on the SHARP Website.
Contact name: Brian Fraser (Bookings Secretary)
Contact address: Through Booking Enquiries at https://www.sharp.org.uk/contact
Contact telephone: 07862 731577
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: https://www.sharp.org.uk/
Blog – https://www.sharp.org.uk/blog
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499756993659206