Tucked away behind the Almshouses and accessed via an inconspicuous passageway from the main courtyard lies an unexpectedly large grassy area. Its surface is intriguingly lumpy and today, in bright sunshine moderated by a refreshing breeze, there couldn’t have been a better place in the whole of Appleby to begin an archaeological excavation.
This initial foray was all about geophysics – non-destructive archaeology using earth-resistivity and gradiometer equipment to probe the area for buried features. A total station theodolite was also used so that we could tie the results into an accurate survey.
Tonight Martin R will be downloading the data from the data loggers into his laptop so we can see what (if anything) we’ve found. Watch this space for details …..
Survey team with gradiometer