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Landscape survey

A resistivity survey was carried out by the University and community volunteers on the Events and Dovecote Fields during 2007 to see what archaeological features might lie hidden beneath the ground and to inform future research and excavation strategies. Resistivity equipment measures the moisture content of the soil by passing electrical current through it and these readings are then converted into data which can produce a map of the surveyed area, similar to the example below, for interpretation. The results of this investigation were encouraging and helped inform this year’s excavation strategy.

Geophysical survey of the Events Field 2007. Image © Cardiff University
Geophysical survey of the Events Field 2007
Image © Cardiff University


Electronic mapping of the Dovecote Field was also carried out using Global Positioning System (GPS) and enabled accurate mapping in digital format of previous excavation trenches and landscape features. This resource will be invaluable in aiding future research and improving access to data.

Electronic mapping of the Dovecote Field 2008. Image © Cardiff University
Electronic mapping of the Dovecote Field 2008. Click on the image to see a larger version (254kb)
Image © Cardiff University



 
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