A voluntary archaeological group for the Horsham District.

All new members welcome with or without archaeological experience.

New projects always considered.

Up and coming events

See events page for full details

Saturday, 1 December

Worthing Museum trip

This begins with lunch at St Paul's Cafe, followed by a visit to the Museum, including a look at finds not on display. S. E. Winbolt (1868-1944) gave a number of interesting archaeology finds to Worthing Museum. See events page for full details


Wednesday, 16  January, 2019

Members-only meeting

An update on the year's fieldwork and progress with finds processing, identification and reports

Saturday, 16 February

Medieval Towns – A dayschool with Simon Stevens 


Date to be confirmed

A Lewes Wide Tour with archaeologist 

Simon Stevens is being rescheduled for the Spring 


Click on the Events button at the top of the page for more details and events


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How to act on illicit metal detecting


We are all very disturbed to hear the news that protected archaeological sites are still at risk from metal detectorists.


For those that haven't heard, Sussex police are investigating damage to Cissbury Ring, the ancient hill-fort on the South Downs near Worthing.


Disturbance to the ground suggests digging for items following illicit use of metal detectors.


If you suspect that illicit metal detecting is going on in your area or you would simply like to check that the landowner has given permission, contact 101 and say you want to report ‘illicit metal detecting’ and state “for the attention of Daryl Holter, Heritage Crime Officer” (Sussex).


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Future field work opportunities

HDAG has various activities planned in 2019 and volunteers are welcome —  just email and let us know which activities you are interested in.
Rackham woods
The RSPB has been clearing shrubby birch encroaching on Bronze Age barrows in Rackham Woods. The work is vigorous but a good way to work off Christmas excess in a beautiful setting!
Provisional dates are 18th January, 1st February and 15th February – but the work is weather dependant so dates will be confirmed a week before.

Henfield area excavation -
dates to come

In the spring, we hope to investigate the course of a Roman road by digging a couple of trenches in a field near Henfield, West Sussex. We will also carry out geophys surveys. No experience required. This dig will offer a chance to learn the basics. Places may be limited so please register your interest.