Week 4

Wow, things are really hotting up now…both temperature-wise and with everything happening on site. But we have survived the heat and the thunderstorms and have had another excellent week. In addition to all the usual evening activities (film, quiz, lecture), we had a very lively evening last Friday with Hugh Lupton, followed by the John Preston Tribute Band. The marquee was full to the brim for the entertainment, which included a fantastic buffet laid on by our catering team. Hugh Lupton's collection of tales from East Anglia had everyone spellbound and the night was topped off with another excellent performance by The John Preston Tribute Band. On Saturday we had the unveiling of the Airfie

Week 3

We are now half way through the season and are making good progress on Trench 23. The BERTS and volunteers have continued their hard work in the relentless sun and heat of the week – but we are getting good breaks and drinking plenty of water, and Kali has ice lollies for sale at break time! We are continuing to uncover kilns 1 and 2, to identify postholes of the structure covering Malt House 1, and Dan and Dave are doing an excellent job of excavating the southern half of the cistern. The prize for find of the season so far goes to Dan and his Middle Anglo-Saxon jug! (see below) As well as the work on trench we also have a small team working on the Environmental samples left over from last

We do other things besides dig...!

Week #2..  at Sedgeford began with a glorious heatwave that lasted throughout the first week with temperatures nearing 30 degrees. As well as making great progress with the excavation of Malthouse One up in Trench 23, SHARP volunteers and trainees have also enjoyed some lectures followed by a Q & A and of course a trip to the William IV pub!  Topics included Roman roads, Medieval crime and punishment and a fascinating talk about church graffiti.  There are hundreds of examples in churches up and down the UK which include epigraphic and pictorial graffiti.  Images such as demons, protective symbols and stone masons’ marks recur proving that ‘tagging’ is not purely a modern activity. There ar

Season 2018, Week 1

Wow, what a busy week! – the work in Trench 23 has been proceeding at pace – ably assisted by this week’s BERTs. They have spent the majority of their sessions gaining hands-on experience of mattocking, hoeing, trowelling, drawing sections, writing context sheets, photographing, and using the dumpy to take levels. It has been hot on trench this week, however, we now have a cool box in the Trench to keep people’s water in, and a robust ex-military decontamination tent (only ever used for training!) to provide the shade. We have also had the assistance of the large yellow mattock in the form of Ollie driving a digger which has been pulling back and removing from trench the bulk colluvium which

Season 23, Week 1

This week's group before starting work on Week 1 posing outside our new shower-block Wow, what a busy week! – the work in Trench 23 has been proceeding at pace – ably assisted by this week’s BERTs. They have spent the majority of their sessions gaining hands-on experience of mattocking, hoeing, trowelling, drawing sections, writing context sheets, photographing, and using the dumpy to take levels. It has been hot on trench this week, however, we now have a cool box in the Trench to keep people’s water in, and a robust ex-military decontamination tent (only ever used for training!) to provide the shade. We have also had the assistance of the large yellow mattock in the form of Ollie driving a

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