Southborough & High Brooms Amateur Archaeology Society (SHAAS) was set up in order to provide a means for local people to explore the archaeology of the Southborough Valley.
This is a community project with an ambition to enable enthusiastic people to learn about archaeology. We are currently holding the status of an unincorporated organisation but we seek to establish ourselves as an archaeology field school.
SHAAS has professionally trained archaeologists overseeing the project and other trained personnel in support. It is the goal of SHAAS to empower the local community to take on the stewardship of the archaeological landscape surrounding them. This project was started by a group of people banding together to explore the archaeology of the area. Our next step is to raise funds to establish a sustainable field school in the area.
The group is currently pursuing funding options but at the moment all of the expenses are being covered by its core members. As we endeavour to establish the credibility of our society, we are seeking out partnerships with organisations with similar values and goals to our own, such as the High Weald AONB. We will be pursuing grant applications in due time but we are currently operating without any financial support.
As the archaeological importance of our site is becoming more apparent we have been receiving a lot of media attention. We have been featured several times in the local newspapers and on ITV News Meridian Report. The news report can seen at: http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2015-08-09/kent-iron-age-dig-forges-ahead/
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Risks and challenges
Our tool shed is more akin to something found on an allotment. Developing a field schools will enable young people to access training and work with experts in the field of archaeology. We need to purchase adequate tools so that our members can carry out their work efficiently and concentrate on learning about archaeology.
Archaeology field schools frequently involve remote locations. Although our site is located within a couple of miles of Southborough it is within a large wood. In order for us to run a sustainable service to our members we must install the proper amenities on our site. We need the financial support to bring our site up to acceptable standards.
When we uncover archaeological material we will need to be able to pay for scientific analysis of our finds. Lab technicians’ rates are high but if we are to be taken seriously in our publications we must have our artefacts assessed in the most professional manner possible.
We will undoubtedly have to pay for publishing our work. This which will take up the majority of our printing budget. The research will be published in the UK and we hope to extend the archaeological record of Kent. Printed educational material will be a weekly running cost which will also come under the printing budget.
We will sustain a strong link with those who back us, contacting with them via our newsletter, emails, website, and via special events. We count on community support, to return this goodwill we will update the developments unfolding on the communities door step.
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