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Marine Geophysics - Scapa Flow Wrecks

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WA Coastal & Marine has one of the biggest archaeological marine geophysics teams in Europe. We have recently been doing some work for Historic Scotland looking at wreck sites around Scapa Flow, a natural harbour in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.

For more information on this project click here.




Hoylandswaine Nail Forge

Last year Wessex Archaeology was commissioned to prepare a set of display panels and an information book on the Hoylandswaine Nail Forge, north of Penistone, Sheffield. This was done as part of the restoration work undertaken on the building, managed and protected by the South Yorkshire Trades Historical Trust. The forge is a rare example of a type of building that was once a common sight throughout the nail making villages in this area.

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As part of this work they were asked to create a cutaway image of the forge showing how it would have looked originally, and a series of illustrations to help explain how the forge worked.



To achieve the client’s aims, the illustrator built a 3D model based on a set of elevations and plans (prepared by Eldon Minns & Co. Ltd in 2010). The advantage of building a 3D model is that the building can then be viewed from any angle, inside or out. A variety of images in several styles can be easily output from the single model.


The model was layered so that separate elements could be switched off and the final cutaway image was created using a series of outputs combined in a photographic package. As an added extra the client was also sent a quick fly round animation of the model.


The information for the display panels and booklet was gathered and written by James Thomson Wessex Archaeology Northern Region the illustrator was Karen Nichols.
The Nail Forge is open to the public on specified days. For further information on opening times, or to organise a visit to this site, visit www.topforge.co.uk

Kent’s Prehistoric Pottery on Show

Wessex Archaeology’s London & South East office is hosting the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group’s Spring Meeting.  

Join us on 28th April 2012 to hear about new discoveries and directions in the study of Kent’s prehistoric pottery.

The audience will be introduced to recent discoveries from the East Kent Access Road, one of the biggest excavations in the country over the last few years (Link) as well as from the Cliffs End, Thanet Earth and Swalecliffe projects.  Some of the Country’s leading experts will explore the pivotal role Kent played in the period.

There will be a chance to have a hands-on look at key groups of pottery from the various schemes and to hear and engage in some lively debate and catch up on current thinking. There will also be a chance to view some exciting recent Beaker and Early Bronze Age finds (around 4000 years old).
A number of Wessex Archaeology’s specialists will be taking part together with other leading specialists from the South East.
There will also be displays covering some of Wessex Archaeology’s recent work in Kent and a chance to buy some recent publications.
The event is free to both members and non-members of the group and the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group welcomes new members.
Details of the day can be found at
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