Recording the Bay: Geophysical Survey/Training at Kirkhead, near Grange-over-Sands
Monday 7th to Thursday 10th November 2016
A rare opportunity for participants to learn the skills and 'have a go' at using geophysical survey techniques used by archaeologists to 'see beneath the soil'.
Morecambe Bay Partnership has gained special permission to undertake this exciting survey at land surrounding Kirkhead Tower, located to the north of Abbott Hall Hotel which is being used as the project base.
Kirkhead Tower was once used as a summer house and was constructed sometime in the early 19th Century, however, its full history remains unclear. The site is contained within a wider archaeological landscape with tantilising hints of much earlier historic use. The survey is aimed at investigating the land surrounding the tower, whilst providing FREE training and participation opportunities for volunteers.
Hosted by professional archaeologists based at Archaeological Services-Durham University, the training will include:
- Opportunities to learn the science behind a variety of geophysical survey techniques and their application to archaeology
- The chance to 'have a go' at collecting data using Magnetometer, Resistivity and Ground Penetrating Radar
- See how data is downloaded and the results interpretedS
The training course programme is as follows:
- Monday7th November: 7.30-9.00pm Evening workshop introducing the techniques and their application to archaeological research (Abbott Hall Hotel, Kents Bank-Lounge)
- Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November 10.00am-16.00pm: On site survey in teams where participants will get to have a go at each of the survey techniques during the two days of site survey
- Thursday 10th November 10.00am-12.00pm (Optional) Morning workshop introducing processing of data collected and summary of results (Abbott Hall Hotel, Kents Bank-Lounge)
A certain level of agility is required as there is a walk from the project base at the Abbott Hall Hotel to the site. The site survey work will require using and manoeuvring survey kit.
Please contact us if you have any queries or access requirements: Morecambe Bay Partnership.
The landowner and tenant farmer have kindly granted permission for access to this private site to host this training/participation opportunity, which is being provided by the Heritage Lottery Funded Headlands to Headspace Landscape Partnership Scheme.