Help Isfield give up its treasures

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The village of Isfield is yielding artefacts which help trace its history back to the late Iron Age. And archaeologists are welcoming anyone who would like to take part in a dig.

The first season of excavations of an enclosure to the north of Isfield started in June.

The Sussex School of Archaeology says the settlement is likely to date from the late Iron Age into the Roman period and will add to a wealth of knowledge of this period in the Ouse Valley following excavations in nearby Barcombe over the past 12 years. The excavations are being run as a training dig and experienced diggers are welcome to attend, free of charge, between now and August 2.

There will also be specialised dayschools (costing £30), such as Photography for Archaeologists and an Introduction to Archaeology, as well as a week long training dig for beginners (costing £150), starting Monday, July 22. This course will introduce excavation to beginners and talk you through the theory of archaeology, including geophysics and surveying as well as giving hands-on excavation experience.

Site director Lisa Jayne Fisher said: “Most tutors and team were part of the Barcombe excavations and the School has been set up in the wake of the closure of the archaeology department at the University of Sussex. It is our aim to provide archaeology training for young and mature students and to inspire and encourage beginners as well as providing CPD for experienced archaeologists.”

To find out more, visit: www.sussexarchaeology.org or e-mail: info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk or phone: 01323 811785 for information.