Last week was a busy time for the Historic Environment Service, in addition to all our usual work, we have been out and about in Norfolk, and have appeared in the news twice!
Children's Commissioner Takeover Day
On Friday two young people took over the role of County Archaeologist for the day. After an introduction to what we do at the Historic Environment Service Sophie and Braydan from Framingham High School were put in charge of the archaeology of Norfolk.
As part of the role they gave feedback on the work of the community archaeology team, responded to emails sent to the County Archaeologist, and were introduced to the type of artefacts that may be found on an archaeological site.
The Historic Environment Service have learnt a lot from the experience, and is looking forward to participating in the day again next year.
Our finds department has also been in the news this week with the discovery of Anglo-Saxon treasure found by metal detectorists in the area around West Acre.
The finds include an Anglo-Saxon silver brooch, a Middle Saxon sword belt mount and a 13th century brooch converted from a copper alloy jetton made in the 1280s.
For further information about the objects, view their records on the Portable Antiquities Scheme Database by following the links below.
Anglo-Saxon Brooch http://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/485731
Sword Belt Mount http://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/504394
13th Century Brooch http://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/478031
To read the full story follow this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-20444385
Sheringham Park Earthwork Survey
The community engagement team has also visited Sheringham Park to conduct an earthwork survey with National Trust volunteers. Tidying of the area in conjunction the natural reduction of vegetation in the autumn has allowed a clear view of a scheduled Bronze Age barrow in the wooded area of the park.
With the help of two volunteers we were able to take measurements of the mound, and make a drawing of a side of the barrow, including the surrounding ditch, providing us with information which can be added to the Historic Environment Record.
We would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers who helped us out!