One of the country’s largest archaeological sites is set to re-open in West Norfolk thanks to Covid grant help.
Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP), run by volunteers, has hosted excavation, research and training courses for 25 years.
The site, which looks into how people used and settled the land from the earliest times to the present day, had to close for a year for the first time in its history due to the pandemic.
But the site can now re-open after grant help from Norfolk County Council’s Covid Recovery Fund.
Extra precautions will be in place for a Covid-safe return and there are a limited number of places available for people with no experience to join a one week Basic Excavation and Research Techniques (BERT) course in July.
A spokesman said: “It would not have been possible to open this year without this support, and we’re enormously grateful to the council for their help.
“People have come from all over the world to learn about archaeology on our BERT course, but we’re particularly keen to attract local people who’d like to find out more about the history of their home area.
“We take people of all ages (under 16s are welcome with a parent/carer) and you don’t need to know one end of a trowel from the other to come and join us.
“We also have a small bursary fund which may be able to help out if cost is a problem and instructions on how to apply for this are also on the website.”
The cost includes camping on site and full board but it is possible to travel from home to reduce the cost.
The site has attracted more than 4,000 people worldwide since it first opened and many have gone on to work as professional archaeologists, the spokesman said.
“Hundreds of local people and visitors to north West Norfolk come to the site every year to see what’s been uncovered, with many coming back to this beautiful part of the world year after year.”
Most of the current work is focused on the Anglo-Saxon period and excavations have uncovered some notable finds.
Places for the course will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out more about what is involved and book at www.sharp.org.uk and click on the “courses” tab.