New book digs below the surface for Sedgeford’s rich history

Digging Sedgeford book launch at Sedgeford Church, LtoR, Book Author's, Keith Robinson, Rachel Garnett, Gary Rossin, Brenda Stibbons (Publisher), Dr Neil Faulkner ANL-140830-085102009
Digging Sedgeford book launch at Sedgeford Church, LtoR, Book Author's, Keith Robinson, Rachel Garnett, Gary Rossin, Brenda Stibbons (Publisher), Dr Neil Faulkner ANL-140830-085102009
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A new book detailing the 19-year archaeological excavation of Sedgeford’s fields, gardens, bowling green, church and various other sites, launched at the village church last Friday.

Digging Sedgeford – A People’s Archaeology contains findings, conclusions and questions raised in the first dozen years, with an outline of the continuing analysis.

It takes a look at SHARP, the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project, an organisation that undertakes the excavation work and research.

The work takes a look at various sites including the aerodrome, and at items that have been found from the First World War through Saxon, Roman and Celtic to the Stone Age.

Villagers like Janet Hammond, involved from day one, were treated to a summary of the Sedgeford Historical Archaeological Research Project’s 19 years of adventure and investigation by the three publication editors.

Gary Rossin, SHARP director since 2006, described the collective nature of the book’s authorship – a list of the book’s authors takes up a whole page – and of the project itself. Mr Rossin guesses 4,000 people – trowel in hand – have so far been involved locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The choice of a local publisher is part of SHARP’s deliberate policy to root the project in Norfolk.

Dr Keith Robinson, director of the Sedgeford Landscape Project, reiterated that the book is both “a work of scholarly research and professional standard excavation and a readable narrative of our researches accessible to all.”

Dr Neil Faulkner, SHARP’s founder director, outlined the complete story of a fascinating and typical English village. He enthused about the future of the project and asked everyone to have a look at the website to find out how to get involved.

The book is available from all good bookshops or direct from www.poppyland.co.uk. The SHARP website is www.sharp.org.uk