Posts From July, 2016

Brecks from Above Day School: Using Aerial Photographs for Archaeology 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 3:21:00 PM

Date: 17 September 2016

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Location: Norfolk HES Offices, Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Union House , NR20 4DR

The Brecks contain a wonderful variety of archaeological sites. Many of these are visible from the air. Archaeologists use both recent and historic aerial photographs, and new techniques such as lidar (a type of airborne laser scanning of the ground surface), to discover new sites, map and understand them, and contribute to their future protection.

This day school will introduce participants to the techniques of aerial survey and interpretation. It will focus on the archaeology of the Breckland region, and the results of the 'Brecks from Above' air photo mapping project. It will include presentations by specialist air photo interpreters, and a chance to undertake practical exercises such as rectifying photographs, mapping sites, and identifying archaeological and non-archaeological features on digital sources such as Google Earth. Participants will also be provided with guidance for undertaking their own research projects.

The day school is open to anyone with an interest in the subject. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Norfolk County Council. Book your place here


10:15-10:30. Welcome and housekeeping.

10:30-11:30. Introduction to aerial archaeology and 'Brecks from Above'.

11:30-11.45. Tea/coffee.

11.45-13.00. Introduction to types of aerial photographs, lidar, photo reading and interpretation.

13.00-13.45. Lunch.

13.45-15.15. Practical exercises in feature recognition, transcription, stereo viewing, and photo rectification.

15:15-15:45. How to undertake your own research.

15:45. Evaluation forms and departure.



The day school will be held at the offices of Norfolk Historic Environment Service, on the same site as Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum. Tea and coffee will be provided; hot and cold meals can be purchased from the museum's Mardlers Rest Café, or alternatively please bring a packed lunch.

Further details will be emailed to participants closer to the event date.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse museum is located 3 miles northwest of Dereham, approximately 30 minutes drive from Norwich, Cromer and King's Lynn. The entrance to the museum is off the B1146 that runs through the village of Beetley.

Attendees of the day school may park in the museum car park.

There is limited public transport to Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse museum; please check local bus timetables.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Sophie Tremlett, Senior Air Photo Interpretation Officer.


Tel: 01362 869382


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