Summer Visit - Archaeology of the North Norfolk Coast

Saturday, 22nd June, 10:00am Hunstanton Old Lighthouse
In Partnership with Nautical Archaeology Society

This year we are very lucky to have a day visit to the north Norfolk Coast organised and delivered by Dr. Simon Draper of the Nautical Archaeology Society.

The day consisted of an informal introduction to the inter-tidal wrecks of the north Norfolk Coast which included a very pleasant stroll along the Hunstanton shoreline. As we walked the beaches near Hunstanton and we examined three wrecks including a steam trawler (1907), a barque (wrecked in 1883) and a wooden wreck of unknown provenance. These three wrecks provided a fascinating insight into the evolution of naval architecture set against the backdrop of two World wars and a technological revolution in seafaring. Dr Draper, who led the group, also talked about the importance of integrating nautical archaeology and land-based studies referring inter alia to other survey work from a much earlier period (bronze age) being undertaken by NAS.

The Nautical Archaeology Society is the main Society in the UK covering nautical, foreshore and wreck archaeology This group have been active in the survey and discovery of sites along our coast and if you would like further information about their activities you can look at their website Nautical Archaeology Website

Also see the details of the survey of the Hunstanton steam trawler, Sheraton on Hunstanton Beach - there is even an e-publication to buy for a few pence! Trawler Wreck

Photos of Naval Wrecks

Another Wooden Henge Revealed by Tides

Probably the highlight of the day was to being able to view the remains of a prehistoric henge revealed by the tide at low water.

Tour of Historic Hardwick Cemetery (Sunday 11th June 2017)

Dr Paul Richards will be conducting a tour called 'Mariners, Merchants and Industrialists' at Hardwick Cemetery starting at the gates at 2pm (Charge £4).

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St Martha's Test Pits (Sunday 25th June 2017: 11am)

Archaeology demonstration at St Martha's Roman Catholic Primary School Summer Fete. The location is off Roseberry Avenue, Field Lane, Gaywood.

Binham History Group(Friday 23rd June to Sunday 25 June 2017: 9am start)

Investigation of an area identified by GeoPhysics and fieldwalking. Test pitsbeing dug over three days, all welcome.

Historic Pubs of Lynn (Friday 23rd June 2017)

Dr Paul Richards will be conducting a tour called 'Historic Pubs in Lynn' starting at True's Yard 6pm (Charge £5).

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Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know? (28th July 2017)

A public illustrated lecture to be held at St. Margaret's Minister, 4:30pm, by Dr. Laura Kalas Williams, Research Associate and Tutor, Department of English, the University Exeter.

Margery Kempe's boisterous mysticism and medicine: uncovered!. Tickets available from True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum £5


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Society Conference (25th November 2017)

Will be held at Marriott's Warehouse Trust, South Quay, King's Lynn, 10:00-17:00, Saturday 25th November. The subject is 'Women in the Archaeology and History of West Norfolk: Female Voices Across Time'. Places are free but limited and may be booked from True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum