Posts Tagged ‘Archaeology’

There are various events planned at Heartwood Forest this year. If you would like to stay up to date regarding future events, keep an eye on the website page at  heartwood.woodlandtrust.org.uk/things-to-see-and-do/events/

The next event is a Natural History of the Landscape Walk – 17 May 10am.

Take a closer look at your surroundings with this extraordinary step back in time, examining how historical events have shaped the landscape. Join our walk leaders in an incredible snapshot of some of the stories behind the geology of Heartwood.
Booking is essential – places are available at the moment.


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Dig it

You may have noticed quite a few large trenches being dug at Heartwood in the past week or so. They’re not ponds, or the foundations for a Mickey Mouse roller coaster, as some people might believe. We’re checking for any signs of important archaeological remains so that they can be recorded or preserved by not planting trees on them.


The targeted trial trenches are helping to piece together the other archaeological work that has already been carried out; we’ve looked at historic environment records, old maps, crop marks from aerial photos and even carried out magnetic susceptibility sampling, whatever that is. But the time came for some real archaeological investigations – digging trenches and getting dirty. That’s what I associate with archaeology anyway, along with uncovering mysterious buildings and finding ancient artefacts worth a fortune. Sadly the latter hasn’t happened, yet. The work can look quite brutal to start but the team on the ground are doing painstaking work – hours, days, weeks of digging, scraping, brushing, analysing and recording everything they find. Romano–British pottery seems to be cropping up all over. Hardly a surprise there I suppose.


When the investigations are completed we’ll have a lot more information about the history of Sandridge and the surrounding land. We’ll also have useful information about soils and geology and we can use it all to tie in with the landscape and recreation planning to help us piece together the design of the new woodland landscape that will be Heartwood.

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