A Real Life Archaeological Project

In addition to the special events, Wessex Archaeology will be undertaking a number of fieldwork activites as part of a live archaeological project to support the Churches Conservation Trust. As this is a live project, the archaeologists will be busy doing their work. You are welcome to have a look but please respect any areas which may be blocked off. There will be opportunities to speak to some of the archaeologists as part of the programme of special events.

We will be laser scanning the interior and exterior of the church to provide a full colour, accurate 3D model of the building. This can be used to create drawings from and also to produce 3D views and animations of the church. Such models are very useful for research and management purposes and are increasingly used in archaeological work. There will be opportunites to see the laser scanner in action as part of the Archaeological Survey Techniques event and also see some images and animations as part of the guest lecture on geomatics taking place on Saturday (21st) afternoon.

We will be recording the churchyard to produce a 2D plan of the monuments and structures. This will be undertaken using the latest hi-tech survey instruments but will produce very traditional scaled plan drawings of the churchyard, of the kind archaeologists have always produced. The technology simply allows us to do the work faster and more accurately. There will be opportunites to see and use our survey instruments as part of the Archaeological Survey Techniques event.

We will be undertaking an aerial landscape survey of ten square kilometres around the church using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs); this will produce a surface model of the landscape with a resolution of 20cm plus near-infrared and colour orthographic photography at 6cm resolution. The fine detail of the surface model will allow us to look for lumps, bumps, depressions and other features which may represent archaeological remains. The imagery will add more detail with the colour imagery showing us exactly what the ground looked like from the air and the near-infrared imagery showing us differences in the vegetation cover which may indicate buried archaeological remains which no longer have any surface expression. There will be an opportunity to see the UAV flying during the flying demonstration and to hear more in the guest lecture on remote sensing.

We will be undertaking geophysical survey of sites identified through the aerial survey. This will allow us to investigate in more detail what is happening below the surface and tell us more about any new archaeological sites and monuments. There will be an opportunity to see and use our geophysical survey kit as part of the Geophysical Survey event and as part of the question and answer session on geophysics on Saturday (21st) afternoon.