Summer School Week 2: summary

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in LiDAR, Public archaeology, Survey
Summer School Week 2: summary

Another successful week was had looking at Caithness’ Bronze Age landscape from Monday 13th-Saturday 18th July 2015.  This time round volunteers were trained in hand-drawing methods such as plane-table and taped offset, along with digital technologies like total station and DGPS survey.  Training was started at the Castlehill Heritage Centre on the Monday with some survey of the courtyard but continued all week out in the field on the real archaeological sites.

IMG_0446(Volunteers Susan and Winnie record a modern stone wall with a plane table while in the background volunteers Paul, Terry and Alan receive total station instruction from AOC’s Jamie)

Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday were spent out in the field using the volunteers new skills around the areas of Broubster and Shebster that we walked over during the Summer School Week 1.  Friday was spent in the Heritage Centre due to the terrible wind and rain that was happening outside.  Indoor work may have made us all fair-weather archaeologists but great progress was made in the final report for the project as the teams both digitized their site plans and compiled their gazetteer of sites that had been recorded.

Thank you and well done to all our volunteers that came out this week: Paul, Alan, Terry, Susan, Winnie, Carol, Val, George, Muriel, Jonie and Richard.  Special thank you to Alan and Muriel for working around us at the Castlehill Heritage Centre, making us cups of tea and generally being very patient with us.

Looking forward to Summer School Week 3 where we shall morph into geophysicists for a few days and then get particularly grubby digging some test pits!

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