The Brecks contain a wonderful variety of archaeological sites. Many of these are visible from the air. Archaeologists use both recent and historical aerial photographs, and new techniques such as lidar (a type of airborne laser scanning of the ground surface), to discover new sites, map and understand them, and contribute to their future protection.
This is one of three, identical 'taster' sessions, each of which will introduce participants to the techniques of aerial survey and interpretation. The event will focus on the archaeology of the Breckland region, and the results of the 'Brecks from Above' air photo mapping project. It will include presentations by specialist air photo interpreters, and a chance to undertake practical exercises such as viewing vertical photographs in stereo, viewing lidar, and identifying, sketch mapping and interpreting archaeological features. Participants will also be provided with guidance for undertaking their own research.
The session is open to anyone with an interest in the subject. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Norfolk County Council, as part of the 'Breaking New Ground' Landscape Partnership.
10:00-10:05. Welcome and housekeeping.
10:05-10:50. Introduction to aerial archaeology and 'Brecks from Above'.
10:50-11:00. Questions / break.
11:00-11:30. Introduction to photo reading and interpretation.
11:30-12:00. Practical exercises in stereo viewing, feature recognition and viewing lidar.
12:00-12:10. Introduction to undertaking your own research.
12:10-12:15. Evaluation forms and departure.
The session will be held in the Classroom, at the Forestry Commission East of England office at Santon Downham.
Further details will be emailed to participants closer to the event date.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Sophie Tremlett, Senior Air Photo Interpretation Officer.
Tel: 01362 869382
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
From the A11, take the exit towards Santon Downham using the B1107 or the B1106. Follow the signs in Santon Downham to Forestry Commission East of England office. Park in the car park and the classroom is opposite the public toilets.