Youngsters to unearth Thetford's past

Budding archaeologists will be able to discover more about Norfolk's history and heritage next month when a museum hosts a new course.A series of talks will begin at the Ancient House in Thetford on January 8 giving people the chance to explore the area's hidden depths and find out what it is like to be an archaeologist.

Budding archaeologists will be able to discover more about Norfolk's history and heritage next month when a museum hosts a new course.

A series of talks will begin at the Ancient House in Thetford on January 8 giving people the chance to explore the area's hidden depths and find out what it is like to be an archaeologist.

Topics during the six series course at the 500 year old building, in White Hart Street, will include talks on aerial photography, Thetford's history, an introduction to excavation, pottery through the ages, and archaeological conservation.

Oliver Bone, curator, said the course formed part of the museum's ongoing outreach and audience development work, which is mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“Thetford is remarkably rich in archaeological material. From the Roman silver and gold of the Thetford Treasure, found at Fison's Way in 1979, to fantastic sites such as Castle Hill, Britain's largest medieval earthwork, there's a wealth to discover,” he said.

The six talks, which will run from 6pm to 8pm, at the newly refurbished museum, will cost £18 per adult.

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