2016 Summer Lecture Season

Here is our Tuesday evening lecture programme for 2016:

  • Tuesday, 12th July: Dr John Jolleys – The Norwich cathedral priory manor of Sedgeford
  • Tuesday, 19th July: Dr Neil Faulkner – Lawrence of Arabia’s War
  • Tuesday, 26th July: Professor Carenza Lewis (Time Team) – The Medieval era
  • Tuesday, 2nd August*: Mini Symposium – History & Archaeology on both sides of the North Sea*
  • Tuesday, 9th August: Gary Rossin – Sedgeford Aerodrome and Norfolk aviation during the Great War
  • Tuesday, 16th August: An overview of the 2016 excavation season at Sedgeford

All lectures take place at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Sedgeford at 7.30pm (*Except the mini symposium on Tuesday 2nd August, which will start at 2.30pm and finish at 7.30pm).

Admission to public for all lectures – £3.00

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Visiting SHARP during the summer season

Our 2016 summer season runs from Sunday 10th July to Friday 12th August. Members of the public are very welcome to visit the site any day except Saturdays during the season, between 10am and 4pm, for an informal tour. We also hold a weekly site tour on Friday afternoons at 4pm.

The 2016 Grand Open Day will take place on Sunday 7th August, 10am-4pm. This is a free event with a small car parking charge (there will be signs up on the day directing you to the car parking area). There will be regular site tours through the day, children’s activities, talks, exhibitions and merchandise. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Geophysical Survey Equipment

As some of you may be aware, thanks to recent benefactor donations, we now have our magnetometer equipment. The kit in question is a Bartington Grad601 Single Axis Magnetic Field Gradiometer, with which we will be using TerraSurveyor software.IMG_6158

The geophysical survey of the northern end of Chalk Pit field, carried out by Grid Nine Geophysics in 2007, was a very valuable piece of research that has enabled the project to accurately target its excavations of the Anglo-Saxon settlement and associated grain drying ovens.

The immediate plan is to train a small team how to operate the equipment and interpret the survey data produced. Once up to speed, it is then hoped that we can get on with surveying other areas within the local landscape. Two such that spring to mind being an extension south of the current Chalk Pit field geophys and the SE area of Hall Field.

There are so many areas of potential within the Sedgeford landscape to make geophysical survey a long-term project in its own right. We also hope to offer future non-invasive techniques courses which will allow others how to operate and use the equipment.

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Field walking w/c 21st March, 2016

W/c 21st March saw a team of about a dozen people carry out a comprehensive fieldwalking survey in Hall Field. We were treated to pretty reasonable weather (at least there was no hail this year!) all week. The only complication encountered was that the field had not been ploughed since last year and was still covered with crop stubble up to 10 cm high in places), making spotting finds extremely difficult in places.

Why was Hall Field chosen? Although part of the field had been fieldwalked in previous years, this had been along the eastern side of the field. With interest in reviving work on the Roman Project, it was considered that the western side of the field (adjoining Chalk Pit Field) would need to be completed in advance of any excavation taking place.

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Map showing extent of fieldwalking completed during w/c 21st March 2016

The last time excavation had been carried out in the immediate vicinity was in 2006, where work on the Late Iron Age/Roman farmstead in the SE corner of Chalk Pit Field (just the other side of the hedge from where we started our grid) had given a tantalising insight as to what the site may hold.

The fieldwalking carried out over four days, working in an east-west direction, delivered an abundant amount of CBM and pottery, along with some slag. Animal bones, shell and flint were notable by their absence.

The pottery included Middle and Late Iron Age, although the majority appeared to be Roman. A number of sherds of Glazed Grimstonware were also found. A full analysis of the pottery found will be carried out over the coming months. Much of the CBM and pottery was being collected along the western field boundary, although Hall Field appears to have another post-glacial gulley feature that runs across the field in a NE-SW alignment and many finds had been ploughed across the field into this.

In addition to the fieldwalking, some metal detecting was also carried out. The most successful detectorist of the week by far was Melinda Barham. She discovered numerous metal finds (many of which give affirmation to this area’s importance) and while a full analysis on these finds is still being carried out, these are the summary details to date:

HF16 001  - Roman coin (identification pending) – obverse

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HF16 001 – Roman coin (identification pending) – reverse

HF16 001 reverseHF16 HF16 002 – Romano-British dolphin brooch (1st century AD)HF16 002 (1)

HF16 003 – Medieval English “sterling bust” type jetton dating from c. 1280-1340 – obverse

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HF16 003 – Medieval English “sterling bust” type jetton dating from c. 1280-1340  – reverseHF16 003 reverse

HF16 004 – Roman radiate coin – obverseHF16 004

HF16 004 – Roman radiate coin – reverseHF16 004 reverse

HF16 005 – Roman Sestertius of Lucilla (daughter of Emperor Marcus Aurelius) AD 164-169 – obverseHF16 005

HF16 005 - Roman Sestertius of Lucilla (daughter of Emperor Marcus Aurelius) AD 164-169 – reverseHF16 005 reverse

HF16 006 -Late Iron Age silver unit, mid 1st century BC – obverseHF16 006

HF16 006 - Late Iron Age silver unit, mid 1st century BC – reverseHF16 006 reverse

HF16 007 - Hepplewhite drawer pull, late 18th centuryHF16 007

In addition, three 0.5 cal. WWII cartridge cases were also found. All three date from 1942 and were probably discarded from an aircraft as it headed back to a local airfield.IMG_6159

 

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