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A section to our site where we try to answer some of the common questions we get asked !

 

Can My Children come on a dig ?

It is with regret we must say NO, our public liability insurance will not cover children on a dig below the age of 17 years old.

However there is the Sussex Weald Branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club which is open to all 9-16 year olds, see the Links Page for full details.

 

Can you offer work ?

We are an amateur archaeological society, not a professional organisation. We DO NOT employ archaeologists

 

Local Questions ?

If you have a local historical question, we will try to find an answer, but please be patient, if your question is complex it may take some time to "circulate" the problem and get an answer.

 

Genealogy Questions ?

We do not generally deal with genealogy, please check out the Genealogy links on our LINKS page.

 

A Collection of "Digging" Questions from the Field Unit

Can I dig and what experience do I have to have ?

 Yes you can dig, and no experience is necessary, we will train you on how to excavate. 'BUT YOU MUST BY LAW HAVE A CURRENT TETANUS'

 

Do I need a trowel?

No, we will provide a trowel for your first day, and we have access to cheaper trowels

 

What should I bring?

Wet gear, sun factor, large hat and refreshsments

 

Can I do geophysics?

Yes we have a new resisitivity machine, an RM15 with a data-logging device, and current software for downloading, those who want to search the ground can be trained

 

What other tasks can I do on site?

Most archaeological techniques are conducted on site, except wet sieving, training can be given in site planning and section drawing, levelling, surveying and the recording of context sheets, you can do anything you wish

 

What about the winter months?

During the winter finds processing is undertaken, this involves the examining of the artefacts found during the summer months, sorting, marking and cataloguing them. This is done as a group exercise, so people are always around for help. Day schools are organised on specialist subjects, bone, pottery, glass, metal identification etc. Walks around archaeological sites, so very different in the winter and snow!

 

 

Also check out our LINKS page, you may find the answer on the listed sites.

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