No matter whether wooden wrecks, rows of mysterious wooden stakes, metal planes or potential Roman wrecks are your thing, come and practice your archaeological skills on the beach at Sandwich Flats!

What are we doing?

On 28-29 September 2019, for the fourth time in two years, we're going back to Sandwich Flats to keep recording the amazing amount of archaeological sites along this beach. MSDS Marine and NAS have teamed up again and this time we're also working with CITiZAN who are running a training event at the same time.

As always, there will be a focus on developing participants' archaeological skills as well as creating up to date records of the sites we discover. Depending on the experience and interest of our fieldwork team, we will offer a range of activities including:

  • Walk-over survey
  • 2D measured tape survey
  • Total station survey of wreck sites
  • Wreck conservation assessments
  • Photogrammetry
  • Site Recorder practice 
  • Use of the CITiZAN app to record coastal features

We will tailor the fieldwork to the interests and abilities of the participants and will be out on the beach for as long as the tide will let us!





A team of NAS and MSDS staff will lead the fieldwork, with NAS members and local volunteers participating for one or two days. CITiZAN will be running a training event on the foreshore the same weekend so there’ll be a chance for both CITiZAN and NAS volunteers to see what the other team is up to.

Who can participate?
Anyone! Young or old, novice or experienced avocational archaeologists – everyone is welcome to participate for free. Anyone under 18 years old must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Image: 'Look at all the archaeology out there!' The 2018 MSDS/NAS/Volunteer team.

How do I sign up?
Send an email to [email protected] with the following information by Monday 16 September 2019:

  • The names of the people attending
  • The day/s you want to attend
  • Mobile number
  • Age of participants if under 18 years old
  • Any disabilities or medical conditions that will be relevant to the fieldwork
  • Your shoe size if you do not already have steel toe capped and soled wellingtons
  • The number of nights’ accommodation you require, if necessary.

Where will it take place?
The majority of survey work will take place on the beach directly opposite the Prince's Golf Club and to the north (see images below).

There is a toll of £7/day for visiting cars to Sandwich Estate. This fee is waived for those non-locals staying at the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory.

Each day we will meet at the car park, shown in the images below, for a safety and site briefing and will then walk out to the sites.

The postcode for Prince's Golf Club will take you past this car park: Prince's Dr, Sandwich Bay, Sandwich CT13 9QB (there’s no postcode for the car park itself. Please do not park inside Prince's Golf Club as this is a private area.

What have we found so far?

The answer is - a lot more than we thought! Apart from the shipwrecks and plane wreck and the individual finds there are mysterious patterns of wooden stakes on the beach.... intriguing! 

What is the timetable?
Each day will start with a safety briefing and site briefing followed by as many hours in the field as the tide allows. After cleaning ourselves up, we will write up the days’ findings and then have a practical session on certain archaeological techniques. There may also be the opportunity to visit the local museum. What we do in the afternoon will be based on the weather and progress of the investigation. Around lunch on Sunday, there will be an opportunity to learn about CITiZAN.

Provisional timetable

Date

Saturday 28 September

Sunday 29 September

Meet time

06:30

06:45

Fieldwork brief

06:45

06:45

Start of fieldwork

07:00

7:00

Low water

07:28

08:25

Fieldwork pack up

10:30

11:00

Return to camp and clean up

11:00

11:30

Info session exchange NAS/CITiZAN

NA

12:00

Lunch

11:30

12:30

Fieldwork write up

12:00

13:00

Processing data & archaeological activities

14:00

14:30 (optional finish)

Optional group meal

18:30

18:30

Where can I stay?
We’ll be staying at the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust http://sbbot.org.uk/visit-us/stay-with-us/ which is 8minutes drive south of the fieldwork site.

It is good basic accommodation with twin share rooms and communal bathroom and kitchen. It will cost £15/night and it is recommended that you stay Friday and Saturday nights. It might be possible to stay on Sunday night but is not guaranteed.

Contact us to book accommodation [email protected]

What do I need to bring?
We will provide all the survey equipment, PPE, sunscreen and water. You just need to bring:

  • Steel toe capped and soled wellingtons (we can order you a pair for £12)
  • Suitable outdoor clothing (drysuit or fishermen’s waders are recommended)
  • Morning snacks
  • Mobile phone

What will it cost?
Participating in the fieldwork is free however there will be some costs incurred by you:

  • Travel to and from site
  • Accommodation near site
  • Steel toe capped and soled wellingtons: £12/pair
  • Food

How do I sign up?
Send an email to [email protected]ogysociety.org with the following information by Monday 16 September 2019:

  • The names of the people attending
  • The day/s you want to attend
  • Mobile number
  • Age of participants if under 18 years old
  • Any disabilities or medical conditions that will be relevant to the fieldwork
  • Your shoe size if you do not already have steel toe capped and soled wellingtons
  • The number of nights’ accommodation you require, if necessary.