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Independent Learning Archaeology Field School

For two days at the beginning of July, a group of sixth form students were at work in Fulmodeston. The sixth formers, who were supervising Year 9 students from across North Norfolk, helped to dig test pits in gardens and fields alike. Thankfully we were graced with amazing weather! Many of the test pit supervisors, myself included, previously took part in ILAF’S and it was incredible to be asked back to experience it for a second time. It was even more incredible to apply my knowledge from years ago to my new test pit and pass it onto the new archeologists.

My three students and I thoroughly enjoyed the two days making a mess of a beautiful garden, and we were lucky enough to find some medieval green glaze pottery; something I found in my test pit in 2015. Along with this, it gave many younger students the chance to experience university life and style work for the first time. Although I did not write a report myself, I learnt to work to standards set and to lead a team. Over all it was an amazing experience, which I recommend to any students who are thinking of university or who are interested in their local area.

Sophie Brown - ILAF Test pit supervisor