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Sur­rey Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety has re­ceived a grant to ex­pand its train­ing and out­reach op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The £90,000 Na­tional Lot­tery Grant will fund a two-year her­itage project called Sus­tain­able Im­pact that will be spread across var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out Sur­rey. The project will en­able in-depth train­ing for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity – mem­bers and non-mem­bers – to dis­cover more about their lo­cal her­itage and help to pre­serve it. Train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude work­shops and field ses­sions in geo­phys­i­cal sur­vey­ing, ex­ca­va­tion skills and assess­ing the con­di­tion of mon­u­ments, as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties which are desk-based.

Project Of­fi­cer, Dr Anne Sassin, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for the group to en­hance their skills in or­der to carry out re­search and field­work projects across the county, in­clud­ing work­ing more closely in the com­mu­nity to in­tro­duce young peo­ple to what ar­chae­ol­ogy re­ally is”.

Ac­tiv­i­ties and events will also take place for fam­i­lies and groups of young peo­ple to get in­volved and dig test pits in their own com­mu­ni­ties.

“We want to en­gage with as many lo­cal groups as pos­si­ble and work to­gether to pro­mote the county’s unique past,” the so­ci­ety ex­plains. Visit sur­re­yarchae­ol­ogy. to find out more.

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