Project volunteers discussing at prehistoric burial mound at Blood Hill near Thetford (© Norfolk County Council)
Thetford Forest contains a large number of archaeological sites, including burial mounds, deserted settlements, rabbit warrens, historic buildings, flint mines and World War Two military remains. Many of the features survive as earthworks, with others known from below-ground remains and surface artefact scatters.
Working in partnership with the Forestry Commission, Suffolk County Council and English Heritage, the Norfolk Monuments Management Project is looking for volunteers who are willing to monitor the condition of earthworks in the forest. If you visit Thetford Forest on a regular basis and are interested in learning more about archaeological sites or if you are keen to become actively involved in archaeology, this could be the project for you!
The project is holding a free training session for new volunteers on Saturday 29th June. The event will be held in Oak Lodge at High Lodge Forest Centre (Santon Downham) between 10am and 4pm. It will involve an indoor classroom session followed by a guided tour of archaeological sites in the afternoon.
Places on the training courses will need to be booked in advance by contacting David Robertson, Historic Environment Officer at Norfolk County Council, on 01362 869291, 07879 877845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.