SHARP's Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques - or BERT - course is our introduction to archaeology for all comers.
Run by two experienced archaeologists, Deborah and Phil, BERT is a doorway into a fascinating world where the ancient meets the modern, science meets humanities, and everyone meets a lot of dirt.
Deborah started out in archaeology on a BERT course - seventeen years later, and after a successful career in archaeology, she is still passionate about it. "I think archaeology is the best job/interest/hobby in the world, it makes me so happy and I want to share that with everyone and anyone," she says.
Ready for the first BERT cohort: Trench 23, Week 1 2017
The majority of time on BERT is spent on Trench 23, our main excavation area exploring some Anglo-Saxon grain ovens, putting into practice the lessons taught in the BERT tent. Nearly everything occurs on and around the main site, which keeps our BERTs up close and personal with the archaeology.
Cleaning back and exploring a new feature - 2017
A bird's-eye view of Trench 23 - Week 1, 2017
Cleaning back a large feature in a trowel line - 2017
BERTs busy learning (or not!) in the teaching tent - 2017
Everyone who does BERT has a great time, and many end up being long-term SHARPies or even starting careers in archaeology, as Deborah did.
Deborah having a laugh on Boneyard - 2017
We take any age over 14 (with a parent: or over 16 with parental permission) and don't discriminate on age, sex, gender or ability. Everyone is welcome!
If you are interested in archaeology, you can probably do BERT. It helps if you can kneel and hold a trowel (Deborah says we will teach you how) but if you can't, we can sort something out. There is always something to do and learn on an archaeological site...
A happy bunch of BERTS - end of Week 2, 2017
BERT courses run every week except Week 6, so there are plenty of opportunities to come along and find your inner - and outer - archaeologist!
Check out the website for further information.