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…
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
And suddenly it was Friday evening again, ending the week with the mellow sounds of poetry and music.
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 email@example.com, for information.