Aerial Archaeology

Ref: C2341581

This short day-school will introduce students to the theory and practice of Archaeological Air Photography. How and why crop, shadow, soil and natural marks are formed and what they mean (where we know) will be covered. Aircraft, cameras, film and weather will be discussed and examples from flying in Lincolnshire will be used to illustrate the talk. The speaker is an active air photographer in Lincolnshire.

Course aim

This 2 hour course will introduce students to the theory and practice of Archaeological Air Photography. Most examples will be taken over Lincolnshire and attempt to illustrate the diversity of sites to be found in Lincolnshire.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need an active imagination and lively mind.

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

  • Describe how selected crop, soil and shadow marks are formed.
  • Discuss the role of weather, crop and landscape in crop-mark formation.
  • Show how the selection of aerial platform and recording medium is so important in recording crop-marks.
  • Explain how air photography has enhanced our understanding of past landscapes.
  • Imagine what emerging technology may be able to in the future.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Visiting some of the sites featured.

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Aerial Archaeology


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