Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP) was set up in 1996 as an independently funded, volunteer run research project. It broadly aimed to study the development of the village of Sedgeford and to provide students and volunteers with increasingly scarce first-hand field experience. Now, nine seasons on, it has grown into one of Britain's principal archaeological research and training opportunities, and in 2002 won the British Archaeological Awards, Pitt Rivers Award, Graham Webster Laurels for its contribution to education in archaeology. Written as SHARP's on-site recording manual and supplement to its 'Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques' course, this handbook provides a clear explanation of basic archaeological principles and excavation techniques, as well as giving an illustrated step-by-step guide to archaeological recoding. It makes an ideal starting point for those new to field archaeology while offering a useful aide-memoire to the seasoned archaeologist.