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A placement view

Chris Kolonko provides us with a first-hand account of his placement experience with Norfolk County Council's Historic Environment Service during 2012.

“I’m Chris Kolonko and I am currently working with Norfolk County Council’s Historic Environment Service as part of their Community engagement team. I am really enjoying my placement and have been able to take part in and organise a lot of exciting archaeological events. I have also met a lot of wonderful people who show a great interest in archaeology and who I really enjoy working with. 

So far I have been working on a wide range of projects including teaching local history groups how to conduct test pitting surveys and record buildings.

Last summer was extremely busy but also an exciting time as I have been able to accomplish and learn so much in such a short time.”  

War walk
‘Chris leads a guided walk about the Second World War archaeology to be found in the town of Loddon in Norfolk’

Working with the community

"I have carried out a guided walk of the Second World War archaeology around the town of Loddon, which proved extremely popular, and I am also involved in a series of library talks about wartime Norfolk from the air.

The biggest event I have organised was the Archaeology open day at Gressenhall Work house museum which was part of the CBA’s Festival of British Archaeology. I was in charge of organising a series of displays, hands-on-activities and demonstrations to make the public aware of the local archaeology. The event had a flint knapping demonstration, Bronze Age beaker making, a load of hands-on-activities for children and a number of displays highlighting local archaeology and the services the Norfolk Historic Environment Service provide. The event attracted over 500 visitors and made people aware of the wealth of archaeology inNorfolk. The archaeology day also taught me that making beakers is more popular than I could have ever imagined! 

I feel I have made a strong connection with the communities I have worked with. Members of the public often contact me for information and also to make me aware of sites that we don’t currently record in the Norfolk Historic environment record.

I aim to further my career in archaeology and also pursue my enjoyment of making archaeology accessible to all which is certainly a very rewarding experience. Developing my current skills and also gaining new ones is one of my other aims as well as creating new and exciting ways of teaching people about archaeology. This placement has provided me with the opportunity to gain the experience I need, prove myself and also do the job I love. Every day brings a new experience and learning opportunity which further nurtures my love for archaeology."

Chris with test pit
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