SCARP - South gloucestershire Community Archaeology Research Project
South Gloucestershire Council have recently embarked on a community archaeology project, kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, entitled SCARP. The project intends to create a network of archaeology groups in South Gloucestershire and provide training and assistance to these groups so that they can undertake archaeological survey and research. In addition, the project aims to create a network of Heritage Champions, who would monitor the condition of archaeological sites, monuments and landscapes and consider improved methods of conservation.
The HLF have kindly funded a development period to build the project up. This involves undertaking a pilot project with Southern Brooks Archaeology http://www.britarch.ac.uk/caf/wikka.php?wakka=SouthernBrooksArchaeology∞ to survey two sites in a modern built up environment.
If successful the main project will start in April-May 2011 and will last for two years, during which time community archaeology groups will be helped and trained to undertake their own work in the landscape by the community archaeology officer. This will invovle earthwork and geophysical surveys, building recording, documentary and map research, artefact analysis and conservation methods. The main project will also provide a dedicated website that will contain all the Historic Environment Record information currently held by South Gloucestershire Council in a fully accessible way.
If anyone is interested in forming a community group in the area and would like guidance, training and to be part of the project please contact Paul Driscoll, Community Archaeology Officer on 01454 862175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org∞
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