SHARP (Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project)

SHARP (Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term archaeological research project, whose primary objective is the investigation of the entire range of human settlement and land use in the Norfolk parish of Sedgeford.

Established in 1996, SHARP is one of the largest independent archaeological projects in Britain and firmly rooted in the local community. Although only a relatively small village, Sedgeford has an incredibly rich heritage spanning over four thousand years. SHARP's work has encompassed such sites as Late Neolithic and Iron Age crouched burials, a Roman villa and farmstead, a Middle to Late Anglo-Saxon settlement and cemetery, medieval manors and church and a First World War aerodrome.

If you have ever thought about digging on an archaeological excavation then SHARP has the opportunities for you. Its excavations run in July and August, and don’t worry if you haven’t got any experience of digging because it run a series of week long courses specifically dedicated to teaching you all you need to know about archaeological excavation and recording techniques. 

SHARP also runs numerous other archaeological courses and day schools, many requiring no prior knowledge of archaeology.

During its excavation season, anyone can visit the dig or attend its series of archaeological lectures. Another important aspect of the project is its extensive material archive. SHARP actively encourages its members to use it for their own academic research. Areas where its archive have been previously used include: human remains, pottery, animal bones, lithics, archaeometallurgy and environmental archaeology.



The best way to contact SHARP is via email, which is monitored throught the year - telephone contacts appearing on the website apply during the excavation season only (July and August annually)

Where to go

The Old Village Hall
Cole Green
PE36 5LS
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