Shaping the Landscape / Archaeology

Volunteer Archaeological Surveys and Research

  • Archaeological Survey Training day
    Archaeological Survey Training day

The aim of the archaeological survey project was to familiarise volunteers with professional non-invasive survey techniques. They formed an import part of our work to uncover the story of Oldbury Camp, a scheduled monument in the Severn Levels. The objective of this project was to train the participants in the techniques required to undertake the surveys with confidence through a focused investigation of a specific site.

Through undertaking a systematic geographical survey covering the interior of Oldbury Camp, alongside a drawn and digital survey of the surviving earthworks, our volunteers were able to map the surface and subsurface features relating to the previous use of the camp. They wrote the results up into a professional-quality report that was submitted to Historic England and the County Archaeologist and can be downloaded here.

It is hoped that the volunteers will want to carry out further surveys in other parts of the Lower Severn Vale Levels with the findings of these surveys contributing to our understanding of the archaeology of the area via incorporation into the Historic Environmental Record (HER).

Work on this project commenced in November 2016 and the field surveys were completed by November 2017. The investigation continued with excavation on the site,

Test-Pitting Weekend, Nov 2017

Community Excavation – DigVentures Website

and with our remote sensing project looking at the wider levels landscape using lidar (3D terrain data).




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