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Deep History Detectives remixed

Deep History Detectives: Tracking artefacts on the North Norfolk Coast

Back in 2021 PAB researchers ran a Deep History Detectives weekend at Happisburgh. PAB Research Associates, Dr Claire Harris (Museum of London Archaeology) and Dr Rachel Bynoe (University of Southampton) have now secured further funding for a small-scale community project.

North Norfolk is well known for the spectacular discoveries made on the Deep History Coast – the evocative Happisburgh footprints, the awe-inspiring West Runton Mammoth, and countless stone tools.

Local collectors have recovered many thousands of artefacts and fossils along the coast. Working with these local collectors PAB researchers have developed a good understanding of the types of artefacts being recovered. Now we’d like to understand more about how the artefacts move along the coastline – how far do they move and over what timeframe? This new community project will help us to investigate these questions.

Get involved

Saturday 24 February, Wenn Evans Centre – Collector consultation and planning day with CITiZAN app training (morning and afternoon sessions, booking required)

Sunday 25 February, Wenn Evans Centre – Family Day with artefact painting and activities (drop-in)

Sunday 10 March, details tbc – Community coastal walk to distribute and record painted ‘artefacts’

About the project

Project leads: Dr Claire Harris, MOLA and Dr Rachel Bynoe, University of Southampton.

The current project builds on earlier work undertaken by Claire and Rachel and colleagues from the Pathways to Ancient Britain project. The project is supported by Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities HEIF Research and Innovation Fund 2023/24 and MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).