Our new project to map the archaeology of the North Pennines
A chance to make amazing archaeological discoveries in the North Pennines
The AONB Partnership is looking for volunteers to help out on its new project, LiDAR Landscapes, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As a volunteer, you will learn how to use LiDAR technology to record archaeological sites and hopefully make exciting new discoveries.
LiDAR Landscapes follows on from the AONB Partnership’s successful Altogether Archaeology project and will cover about 650 sq. kms in the eastern North Pennines.
Work has already started in the Derwent Valley and Weardale but in March we start work in Teesdale. Come along to the start-up workshop that is taking place at The Witham Hall in Barnard Castle on March 1 between 7pm – 9pm. For more information call Paul Frodsham or Simon Wilson on 01388 528801.
What is LiDAR?
LiDAR is relatively new technique that records ‘humps and bumps’ on the ground using a laser mounted on an aeroplane. LiDAR data, originally commissioned by the Environment Agency for non-archaeological purposes, is available for extensive areas of the North Pennines. This data can be processed into LiDAR maps that show the ground surface in astonishing detail, including previously unrecorded archaeological features. During the recent Altogether Archaeology project about 250 sq kms of the Allen Valleys and Hexhamshire were surveyed by volunteers using LiDAR, resulting in the discovery of more than a 1000 previously unknown archaeological sites ranging in date from prehistoric to post-medieval times.
The report on this work, along with reports on all fieldwork completed by the AA project, is available at www.altogetherarchaeology.org
Which areas are included?
This project covers about 650 sq kms in the eastern North Pennines (it is hoped that a second project covering western areas including the Eden Valley will follow).
The three project areas are:
1. Upper Derwent Valley (October – December 2016)
2. Upper Weardale (December 2016 – March 2017)
3. Upper Teesdale (January – April 2017)
How to get involved
The Upper Derwent survey team is already in place and work is underway, but participation in the Weardale and Teesdale surveys is still open to everyone. All that is required is access to a computer and the internet, coupled with an interest in the past and enthusiasm for making new discoveries. All participants should attend a two-hour practical training workshop, at which Paul Frodsham and Stewart Ainsworth, from Channel 4’s Time Team, will explain the basics of LiDAR and how to use it for archaeological survey. After this you will be sent a project manual, together with your own LiDAR maps by email, to study in your own time in the comfort of your own home.These maps will not previously have been looked at by anyone else, so there is a real chance that you could make some exciting discoveries.
Get in touch
If you think you might be interested in taking part, please send your name, address and a contact phone number by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also let us know which area you would like to work on. We will then send you details of the relevant training workshop just as soon as the details are finalised.