Friday, 18 December 2015
Forester's Forest - training of volunteers
We've been very excited to be part of the Foresters' Forest Landscape Partnership, a HLF project in the Forest of Dean. One of the many strands is the investigation of possible archaeological features, which we we are providing training for.
35 volunteers have now been trained during four training session led by some of our archaeologists Andy, Justin and Rob. These full day training sessions explained about the project, Lidar (aerial photography that removes the trees), what to look for and how to record features. We then went out for a couple of hours to put it into practice and have a go. The latest workshop was this week, and fortunately we had good weather, making the practical session an enjoyable walk in the woods. One of the previous ones though had to change plans for the afternoon when the heaven's opened!
The volunteers will now be going out and about across four target areas checking 1700 possible features out in the field. With most of these being in the Forest they are hard to pick up, and woodland archaeology is always difficult. Identifying potential features and then checking them out should help develop our understanding of the Forest's past. We'll provide updates on the blog as to how the project goes.
For more details about Lidar please see a previous blog here. You can find out more about the Foresters' Forest project at www.forestersforest.uk