A day workshop in Thornton le Street by English Heritage with a mix of theory
and practice. Booking is required.
English Heritage will give the first of a series of workshops on archaeological techniques at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 20
September from 10.00am to 3.00pm with a one hour lunch break.
The series is intended to stimulate research into the archaeology of the county and provide researchers with the skills necessary to work to a professional standard. It will be conducted by Dave MacLeod, Operational Manager, and Dave Knight, Investigator, of the Aerial Investigation and Mapping Section based at York.
Aerial survey is the single most important tool for the discovery of archaeology sites in
England and plays an important role in many aspects of the National Heritage Protection Plan directed by English Heritage. It is a broad term used to describe the various activities related to the recording of sites and landscapes from the air. This includes the taking of new photographs, along with interpretation and mapping using both new and archive photographs. It is one element of the broader field of remote sensing that provides information about the ground surface and sub-surface without needing direct contact.
Each year hundreds of previously unknown sites are discovered through the Aerial Reconnaissance programme and specialist staff identify even more through the analysis of features visible on existing photographs. Major projects are coordinated through the English Heritage National Mapping Programme. Individual sites are investigated to help understand
important new discoveries and to help with their management. A number of national and local archives are available.
The workshop will be a mix of theory and practice. Numbers will be limited so places must be
booked in advance for each workshop which will cost £20 per person.
Payment should be in favour of English Heritage and posted to John Sheehan at 4 Arden Mews, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1EN.
Lunch is not provided. An additional charge of £2 will be made on the day to
cover accommodation and refreshment costs.