The society also takes an active role in exploring the local heritage. The projects we carry out are driven by the interests of our members and have covered a diverse selection of topics. Sometimes we go out and survey existing sites or buildings while at others we will dig test pits in focused areas of interest.
Although we are amateurs we take the archaeology very seriously and make sure that areas explored are recorded to inform and guide future archaeologists. For larger projects we enjoy working with other groups and have had successful collaboration with Cambridge and East Anglia Universities and also with the local history, archaeology and metal detector clubs. We feed back a copy of our results to the county archive at Gressinhall to ensure that it is safely archived and also maintain a number of website to better inform the local communities of our work.
At these practical events we welcome participation from the local community and work with them to explore the site. We also understand that not everyone has (yet) the skills to carry out this work and so, where necessary, we will arrange for a quick tutorial before the event and have people on-site to work with and mentor the other workers. The society has a set of basic equipment available to carry out the digging and recording of sites
Artefacts found are cleaned, recorded and where necessary sent to a specialist for further examination. Bulk finds are counted, weighted and again recorded so that the 'scatter' of such items over the site can be analysed.
All investigation is carried out in a systematic and responsible manner and information found is carefully recorded. We work closely with the Heritage Archaeologists at Gressinhall and documents, photos and arefacts are lodged with them to form a perminant record of the society's work.
Northern Journeys: Medieval Anglo-Norwegian Trade, in Good Times and Bad (17th April 2018)
Dr. James Barrett, Reader in Medieval Archaeology and Leverhulme Major Research Fellow at Cambridge University.
The program of lectures for the next season can now be found under the 'Lectures' tab above.
Starting in May the society will be working with the council to deliver a programme of community archaeology in the Gaywood area. Let Clive know if and when you will be able to help in supporting local people explore the history of their area.
Special Public Lecture (with cheese and wine)
Dr Clive J Bond will be taking about Seahenge which was discovered ten years ago. The lecture is to raise money for the RNLI, and is at King's Lynn Town Hall on Friday, 27th April, at 6pm. Tickets are for sale at the Custom House, Lynn, or the RNLI Hunstanton shop, Old Hunstanton beach.
WNKLAS In The News
The society has been in the local Newspapers recently in coverage of the conference to celebrate our 50year anniversary and also the presentation to John Smallwood one of the founders.
Society Conference (25th November 2017)
Was held at Marriott's Warehouse Trust on Saturday 25th November. The subject was 'Women in the Archaeology and History of West Norfolk: Female Voices Across Time'.
King John's Treasure
The society's investigation of a local farm contributed to a programme made for US television as part of the Expidition Unknown series. This systematic survey of an area that was a likely route for the Royal Treasure was also the subject of a recent lecture evening.