Historical Society

PUBLISHED: 11:56 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:54 31 May 2010

President Kenneth Neale gave a comprehensive and interesting report on the Heritage Sampford Project at the September meeting. The project, which is now formally closed, has over the past four years discovered a large amount of previously unknown archaeol

President Kenneth Neale gave a comprehensive and interesting report on the Heritage Sampford Project at the September meeting. The project, which is now formally closed, has over the past four years discovered a large amount of previously unknown archaeology in the 3500 acres of Great and Little Sampford, and 193 of the total 204 fields have been examined and the community involvement has been a very striking feature. Farmers and landowners, private individuals, schools and youth clubs have worked alongside county archaeologists and experts, with 225 people being registered as volunteers. The volunteers have carried out tasks ranging from field walking, through cleaning finds, to purely indoor or office type work and some of them have themselves become quite expert. Along with the important archaeological finds, the project has developed a system of working which, when the final report is published in spring 2007, will provide a model for any similar investigations elsewhere.

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