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.
18:00-18:05. Welcome and housekeeping.
18:05-18:50. Introduction to aerial archaeology and 'Brecks from Above'.
18:50-19:00. Questions / break.
19:00-19:30. Introduction to photo reading and interpretation.
19:30-20:00. Practical exercises in stereo viewing, feature recognition and viewing lidar.
20:00-20:10. Introduction to undertaking your own research.
20:10-20:15. Evaluation forms and departure.
The session will be held in the Visitor Centre at Brandon Country Park.
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?
Brandon Country Park (IP27 0SU) is located just south of Brandon town centre off the B1106 Bury Road, just 5 minutes from the newly dualled A11. It is less than 30 minutes from Bury St Edmunds and under an hour from Ipswich, Cambridge, Kings Lynn and Norwich. Follow the white on brown tourism signs off the A11.
Brandon town centre (1mile/1.6km) and railway station (1.5miles/2.4km) are walking distance from the park. Bus service #86 links with Thetford and Bury St Edmunds with stops (Old Forge Court (opp)) approx 500m from the entrance. Visit Suffolk on Board to plan your journey.