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Successful open day at Sedgeford archeological project

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The site of the ovens with John Jolleys ANL-140728-083213009

Sedgeford Archaeological Project open day The site of the ovens with John Jolleys ANL-140728-083213009

More than 500 people toured one of Britain’s largest independent archaeological sites when Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP) enjoyed one of its most successful open days.

Archaeologists are looking at the Anglo-Saxon settlement in Chalk Pit field, a Roman farmstead and a Medieval manor and a First World War aerodrome.

Visitors enjoyed touring the excavation sites and learning more about the research being undertaken in the village.

Experimental archaeology and metal working were also part of the event which showed how ancient tools were made. A course had been run prior to the open day on iron smelting.

The group also ran a number of activities for children, which included dressing up as a Saxon and making pots.

Younger visitors were also able to have their faces painted like a Celtic warrior or Queen Boudicca.

A number of artefacts were on display, including jewellery along with the skeleton of a villager who had died during the Viking era.

Visitors were also able to sample food from the Saxon period.

Trustee Brenda Stibbons said: “It was one of the most successful open days we’ve ever had.”

John Jolleys is pictured at the excavation site. PICTURE: MLNF14PM07343

 

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