What lies beneath

The post last week about Old Hunstanton and its cliffs got me interested again in the landscape around Sedgeford itself. So after a little bit of online research, let me walk you through the local geology and superficial geography of the Sedgeford area, thanks to the good people at the British Geological Survey. You can find their interactive Geology of Britain map here if you live in the UK and want to check out your own bit. A disclaimer before we proceed: your author is no geologist! Feel free to leave comments on Facebook to set me straight if and where required. Here is a BGS screen capture without any overlay. You'll see Sedgeford in the lower centre of the image; Heacham is to the lef

Sunny Hunny Saturdays

Hunstanton, with its Pitch-n-Putt and its Carnival and its pound shops and its ravenous flocks of tourist-devouring seagulls, sits on the north-west Norfolk coast as a testament to the Great British Seaside Resort. It's a nice town, if you like that sort of thing. But slightly north of Victorian-era Hunston is the original village, now known as Old Hunstanton, not far from the corner where the East Anglian coast (and the A149) takes a turn eastwards as The Wash becomes the North Sea. The old village has all the character and depth of history that its newer namesake sometimes lacks, and it has one more important thing: The Old Boathouse Cafe, or as SHARPies call it, the beach cafe. Every Satu

In the beginning...

Recognise this field? Here are a few clues: delete the poplar trees, add a marquee on the right, scatter the far end with colourful tents and dig about 30,000 tonnes of soil out of the foreground. Yes, it is the Boneyard, the last winter pre-SHARP. Some of you may recognise the Enviro Tree-to-be, which even then had its characteristic drunken lean. Here it is again in Week 1, '96, when the poplar trees were being felled. The photo is grainy and the colour is saturated but you'll see the stakes that delineated the original 20m x 30m Old Trench. Yes, it was stripped off by hand. Archaeologists were harder and fitter (and the Project was poorer) in the old days. Here's Old Trench, likely around

Your handy guide to SHARP Season 23

We love our new website, but thought you might like to see a quick summary of what's on the SHARP menu for 2018. Read on and bookmark this post to use when you're making your plans for the next summer (recommended by 9.5 out of 10 archaeologists as the most effective way to stay warm over winter... OK, we made that up). Or just book now! Prices will go up for the first time in three years on 1 January (i.e. quite a big jump) so get in now for the financial reward and smug feeling that comes with getting your life organised nice n' early... 2018 SHARP Summer Season 23 - Diary Dates Field-walking Monday 26 March to Thursday 29 March 2018 Set-up week (supervisory team members only) Monday 25 Ju

Welcome! (again)

Welcome once again to the new blog! We're really excited by our new fresh look which is all part of a new fresh SHARP! You will find the old blog at http://blog.sharp.org.uk if you want to read any of our old posts from past seasons. The 2018 season is shaping up to be one of the best ever. Bookings are already rolling in - so if you're keen to join us on the legendary Boneyard next year, make your decision soon and avoid the January 1 price increase. More blogging to come soon... stay in touch here and via social media for lots of news about SHARP and everything that makes us special. Meanwhile here's an old but favourite vertiginous photo of Trench 23 to whet your appetite and make your h

Your handy guide to SHARP Season 23

We love our new website, but thought you might like to see a quick summary of what's on the SHARP menu for 2018. Read on and bookmark this post to use when you're making your plans for the next summer (recommended by 9.5 out of 10 archaeologists as the most effective way to stay warm over winter... ok, we made that up). Or just book now! Prices will go up for the first time in three years on 1 January (i.e. quite a big jump) so get in now for the financial reward and smug feeling that comes with getting your life organised nice n' early... 2018 SHARP Summer Season 23 - Diary Dates Field-walking Monday 26 March to Thursday 29 March 2018 Set-up week (supervisory team members only) Monday 25

Welcome! (again)

Welcome once again to the new blog! We're really excited by our new fresh look which is all part of a new fresh SHARP! You will find the old blog at http://blog.sharp.org.uk if you want to read any of our old posts from past seasons. The 2018 season is shaping up to be one of the best ever. Bookings are already rolling in - so if you're keen to join us on the legendary Boneyard next year, make your decision soon and avoid the January 1 price increase. More blogging to come soon... stay in touch here and via social media for lots of news about SHARP and everything that makes us special. Meanwhile here's an old but favourite vertiginous photo of Trench 23 to whet your appetite and make your h

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