New technology to survey ancient landscapes!
Potential for exciting discoveries!
This module provides an exciting opportunity for local volunteers to undertake landscape survey in two previously unrecorded areas of the AONB; the Allen Valleys and Hexhamshire. Occasional discoveries demonstrate that people have been present here since Mesolithic times, perhaps 10,000 years ago, but neither area has ever been subjected to detailed archaeological survey. This work has the potential to make some very exciting discoveries, and will make an important contribution to effective future landscape management.
Professor Stewart Ainsworth
The Altogether Archaeology project has been most fortunate in securing the services of Stewart Ainsworth of Chester University to run this module. Stewart (known to millions through his work with Channel 4’s Time Team) is a national expert on the application of lidar in archaeological survey, having played a lead role in delivering the recent ‘Miner-Farmer’ project on Alston Moor.
AA volunteers will explore and record the archaeology of some 250 square kilometres of Hexhamshire and the Allen Valleys. This work, covering such large areas of landscape, is only possible thanks to recent technological developments, particularly the use of lidar data, acquired from an airborne laser scanner, that records archaeological earthworks in great detail. The Environment Agency has kindly made all the relevant lidar data available to the project free of charge – representing a substantial in-kind contribution to the Altogether Archaeology budget.
The Allen Valleys
The Allen Valleys survey, covering 169 sq kms, started with a community workshop at Allendale village hall in April 2013. Since then, volunteers have worked at home on their own computers to study the lidar and air photos, using a Project Manual, specially produced for the project by Stewart Ainsworth. Results so far in the Allen Valleys are impressive. Attention will transfer to Hexhamshire during 2014. Once the overall landscape survey has been completed, areas of particular interest will be chosen for further analysis. Volunteers will be taught processes of ground survey using lidar in the field, and also encouraged to consider appropriate programmes of further work beyond this module, such as detailed topographic survey, geophysical survey, and possibly small-scale excavation.
Full reports on the Allen Valleys and Hexhamshire surveys will be available here in due course.
For further information about this project, or any other aspect of the Altogether Archaeology project, please contact the Project Manager, Paul Frodsham: firstname.lastname@example.org