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

For the new schedule of events for Autumn 2019 click onto our events page!


Opportunities to get involved in a
New Heritage Trail project

The Horsham District has been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to create a series of local Heritage Trails.
   Funding will be used to train volunteers to create a range of trails which would enable communities to explore interesting and important aspects of the District’s heritage.
   The Heritage Trail Project aims to create 20 trails: volunteers are being recruited who will be given training aspects relating to historical research, trail design and production of documentation which will be of use to anyone interested in discovering the District's heritage.  See our news page for fulll details of how to get involved 


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! 

Update: Due to other work going on at the site this project has had to be postponed until March. We will confirm a date asap


Henfield area excavation -
dates to come

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.