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Rusland Horizons: Spring Woodland Archaeology Surveys

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To be advised each day

Rusland Horizons Scheme Area

Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AB

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Help to uncover new information about the fascinating history and landscape development of the area through a programme of surveys, research, excavation, interpretation and conservation management works. There is at least 1,217 hectares of woodland that has not yet been surveyed. We are working with landowners and volunteers to identify and record the location and condition of archaeological features.

By volunteering with us you will work in the Rusland Horizons scheme area; develop an understanding of archaeology and historic environment; develop survey and archaeological practice skills; gain knowledge of conservation practices and gain knowledge and experience to help with achieving accredited qualifications if you so desire.

Please bring warm and waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear and a packed lunch including drinks. The surveys will involve walking over rough, uneven and sometimes steep ground so you must be physically able and fully mobile to take part.

Please check the FAQs for more information including how to find out where to meet.


Which woodland and where to meet?

It is impossible to guess how long each woodland is going to take to survey so we will need to be flexible to complete the work. Communication and information about the venue will be through the use of an online blog. The NAA team will post all the information you need regarding the woodland, the parking and any other information you need

Information will be available the night before you are volunteering. You should also check the blog for the final site information at 08.30 in the morning of the day that you are volunteering. If you have any problems on the day please call the NAA team Clare Henderson (archaeologist on site): 07715 005 205, Penny Middleton (NAA Project Manager): 07855 326 529: NAA Office: 01833 690 800

What to bring with you

Be prepared to be outside all day in any Lake District weather conditions – as you will know it can be very changeable! Warm and waterproof clothing as well as sturdy footwear are essential. There aren’t any loos on site so be prepared to wee in the wild.

Please bring your own lunch, flask and drinks.

What to expect on the day

10.00 Meet at car parking location and then walk to site for briefing on the site, safety and how to carry out the survey. Surveying through to finish at 16:00 with a lunch break at 12:30

Please note that the day will involve quite a lot of walking and as you will be surveying over ground which is steep, uneven and rough, you need to have good physical health, fitness and mobility. You will be given training and guidance and will not be asked to do anything that you don’t feel happy doing There will be a first aider on site at all times

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To be advised each day

Rusland Horizons Scheme Area

Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AB

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