Have you ever wondered how archaeologists see what’s underground without excavating? If so, this event might be for you! Geophysics is the art and science of ‘seeing’ below the ground, without digging a hole. It is widely used in archaeology, and most archaeology fans will be familiar with the sight of someone walking across a field with a machine that goes ‘beep!’, and the blurry black and white maps that these geophysical surveys produce. But how do we interpret these maps? This is your chance to find out…
DigVentures have been commissioned by Ancient Connections to undertake geophysics in a number of key locations in Pembrokeshire and Wexford that are pivotal to better understanding our past. They are hosting a free zoom event that anyone can attend. You will search for buried remains in ancient sites linked across the Irish Sea! It will be an opportunity to learn how archaeological geophysics works, its benefits and limitations, and most importantly - how to interpret the results. How many features can you identify? And could they really be ancient remains?
During the session, the group will look at original data from several early medieval church sites in Ireland and Wales, exploring the connection between the monks St David and St Aidan, two of the main players in the early church movement in the 6th century. Now it’s your turn to take a look, and help the team interpret the data to reveal the bigger picture of early Christianity and its role around the Irish Sea.
Once registered, the DigVentures team will email you a Zoom link before the event begins.
Go to www.digventures.com for more information about opportunities to volunteer on a real-life excavation.
Organizer of Geophysics for BeginnersDigVentures is a social business that specialises in crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and digital methods to increase public participation in archaeological research. We are a Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Registered Organisation, and the first-ever CIfA Accredited Fieldschool.
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