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Unlocking the Past at East Park
Our lead story this month is written by new team member Paul Savage, who took part in the dig. I can’t say I was looking forward with much enthusiasm to digging up a field on a hot sunny day in the middle of June, but the day I spent with DigVentures proved to be both fascinating and more enjoyable than I could have imagined. Sedgefield News Article In 2003, the TV programme, Time Team (Season 10, Episode 12) visited Sedgefield and unearthed the tantalising remains of a Roman settlement at the northern end of East Park. This was followed by four more excavations by Durham County Council and Durham University in a concerted effort to reveal new details, but many questions still remained.

Discover Brightwater, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is working hard to restore, reveal and celebrate life around the River Skerne, which passes between Sedgefield and Fishburn before heading towards Darlington. They asked DigVentures to assemble a team of volunteers to excavate the remains of the Roman town. My wife spotted it on social media and immediately signed us up. My knowledge of archaeology was limited to the films of Indiana Jones, so I gave little thought to the significance of the dig and prepared by deciding what to wear. Deciding a bullwhip was a little excessive, I settled on a very cool hat and sensible boots. The volunteers had a wide range of experience, from beginners, like me, to two young girls who planned to study archaeology at university and had even brought their own trowels! So, with some trepidation, I waited for the briefing at the edge of a very large hole.

I needn’t have worried as the wonderful archaeologists made us feel welcome and answered any questions. They were keen to ensure everyone had a great experience, from working in the trench to recording and cleaning finds. Sedgefield News Article

After the briefing, we were set to work. We started by ‘cleaning’ the mud, which involved scraping the ground with a tiny trowel. My skills were accurately assessed, and I was moved away from the delicate work, given a large mattock and asked to dig a big hole. It was hard work, but I was rewarded with my first, and only, discovery of the day - a small piece of an amphora, probably used to store wine - I really was Indiana Jones! Sedgefield News Article Over 3 weeks, the team uncovered lots of pottery, including Samian ware, Roman Grey ware, amphorae handles, and even parts of a Nene Valley Hunting Cup depicting a hound chasing a hare. (top left) One of most interesting discoveries was an iron key (below), but sadly, all signs of the lock had been lost beneath the ploughed fields.

150 AD
The Roman soldier in full marching gear, sweated under the warm sun. The road from York to Chester-le-Street was wide and flat but he was looking forward to a rest at Sedgefield.

2019 AD
I leant into the trench and peered in, a flash of terracotta catching my eye. ‘Is this something?’ I asked hopefully.
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See what's on near you this month, updates by Tom Guest. Don't forget to submit your event poster/details, reviews or videos.
Head off to the diary for all the latest dates for: Veterans Coffee Morning, U3A, Drop in Surgeries, New Generation Church, Methodist Wives & Friends, Local History Society, Sedgefield T Dance, Sedgefield WI, Sedgefield Country Market, Cricket Club Quiz, Ladies Club, Sew Easy, Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, Live Music Night at Sedgefield Cricket Club, Sedgefield Family History Group, Sedgefield Memory Café, Bradbury and Mordon Ladies Circle and more...
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Interesting Facts

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£'s saved by Sedgefield Residents

The next Sedgefield Energy Switch auction period key dates are:

  • 13th August 2019-Registration Opens
  • 7th October 2019-Registration Closes
  • 8th October 2019-Day of Auction
  • 21st October 2019 -Offers letters issued
  • 26th November 2019 -Offer acceptance closure
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Stall Holders

The market is held from 8.30am to 12.30pm on the village green. A FREE community stall, music tent & health bus are available throughout the year. The free stall is available to clubs and societies for promotion or fundraising. To take advantage of this fantastic opportunity call Roger Clubley: 01740 620609, email farmers@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk.

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Homework Help continues, and there is room for more students as well as more helpers! We are also looking to set up sessions in Fishburn. If you would like to volunteer, or to request help with homework or careers guidance, email: homework@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk or find us on Facebook.

Subjects Available

English, Maths, Sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), French, German, Spanish, History, Politics, Careers guidance, Help preparing university applications and interviews & Essay writing

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Main tasks to focus on over the next few months:-
🌿 Undergrowth clearing around the trees - by slashing weeds and leaving the weeds as mulch or by pulling weeds and removing them from the base of the trees.
🌿 Pulling the plant competition from out of the plastic sleeves e.g grass, nettles.
🌿 Litter picking.
🌿 As undergrowth gets bigger, clearing pathways among the trees is useful.
Can you help?
Please contact woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk for more details.
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