That was the Week 3 that was

Today is the end of Week 4 on site, and we’re officially two-thirds of the way through the season! So much has happened, and there is still so much to come.

Let’s backtrack a little and catch up with some of what happened in Week 3…

Neil enjoys a Sunday morning cuppa

Neil enjoys a Sunday morning cuppa

Week 3 saw a big jump in numbers on site, with no less than four courses running simultaneously: our weekly Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques (BERT) course; Introduction to Human Remains; Medieval Landscape and Archaeology; and Environmental Archaeology. Phew!

Beth and her new friend

Beth and her new friend

Mary Jane muses over skeletal anatomy

Mary Jane muses over skeletal anatomy

With so many courses, it was surprising there was anyone else left to do the work, but that didn’t seem to be a problem.

Quiet morning campsite

Quiet morning campsite

Yet another beautiful sunset

Yet another beautiful sunset

Trench 23 continued to power ahead, following up on the anomalous feature that continues to tease us: is it another oven, or is it a dump or midden?

Go-go-go on Trench 23

Go-go-go on Trench 23

Another oven?

Another oven? Stay tuned…

Tuesday saw yet another excellent presentation at the church as Brian talked about the animal bones, or zoo-archaeological, research. The Human Remains Team, now on site in force to conduct courses and prepare for Open Day, also busied themselves with developing their new Further Studies course for Week 4.

The church tower at sunset

The church tower at sunset

The Human Remains Team plan their new course in the OVH

Members of the Human Remains Team plan their new course in the OVH

No matter how busy it gets, there is always time for a cuppa and a cake, or a walk in the woods, or to administer some (successful) emergency bumblebee first aid.

Sunshine in the woodland

Sunshine in the woodland

Enviro evolution revolution with cupcakes

Environmental evolution revolution with cupcakes

Bumblebee resuscitation (successful)

Bumblebee sugar water resuscitation

Suddenly Friday was upon us, the BERTs wrapping up their busy week and the Human Remains course having a heated ethical discussion on if, when and how remains should be lifted or left in the ground.

The BERTs closing their week

The BERTs closing their week

Human Remains course in heated ethical discussion

Human Remains course in heated ethical discussion

The Week 3 Friday Site Tour was a particularly good one, with three presentations from the specialist courses teaching a large crowd about animal and environmental archaeology, Sedgeford’s medieval economy, and graphically describing the sticky end of one of the site’s trauma victims.

Ewan setting up for site tour

Ewan setting up for site tour

Evie presents on the Enviro course

Evie presents on Enviro

Edward discussing medieval Sedgeford and its associated settlements

Edward describing the economics of medieval Sedgeford

Daphne talks about sexing skeletons

Daphne demonstrating how to determine the sex of skeletons

Ron talks about dentition

Ron talks about dentition

The Human Remains course presents the sad saga of Aethelweard

The Human Remains course presents the sad saga of Aethelweard

And suddenly it was Friday evening again, ending the week with the mellow sounds of poetry and music.

William Alderson and Marshlander bring poetry and music to the Marquee

William Alderson and Marshlander bring poetry and music to the Marquee

We’ve set our season dates for 2018, so start making your plans to join us next year! Course dates and other information will be available very soon: keep an eye on sharp.org.uk, or email bookings@sharp.org.uk, for information.

 

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