Historic Landscapes Survey 1 Introductory Day

Ref: C3675357

This introductory day will look at how to go about recording ‘lumps and bumps’ that represent ancient fields and settlements. Students will look at existing sources of information and gain first-hand experience in the initial phases of a survey project, including setting up equipment and conducting a walk-over reconnaissance survey. A morning session in Kilnsey Village Hall will be followed by an initial examination of a nearby area of extensive earthworks which has never been recorded or investigated in detail, and which forms part of a wider community project that is being run by the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group. While attendance at the other survey days will be helpful, it is not an essential requirement.

Course aim

To introduce the skills and knowledge involved in the investigation of ancient earthwork sites, and in setting up a community heritage project to investigate and record them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate awareness of relevant professional guidelines and standards.
  • demonstrate knowledge of existing sources of information for a preliminary desk-top assessment.
  • demonstrate knowledge of how to carry out a documented walk-over survey.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • You will need to bring full, effective waterproofs, strong footwear and a packed lunch.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Historic Landscapes Survey 1 Introductory Day

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