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Civil Service Playing Field Dig, Kingsholm, Gloucester (2012)

The Greyfriars Dig, GCCCP

with Cotswold archaeology support

With Time Team  at Coberley

 Survey in progress at Shortwood, Haresfield Beacon, (2010)

Resistivity Survey results from  Buckshead Barrow, Cranham


Here are some  activities to get involved in as a Glos Arch member:-

Geophysical Surveys

In addition Glos Arch regularly organises geophysical surveys using our own 'user-friendly' resistivity kit. Recent sites include Kingsholm, Sherborne , Chapel Hay, Shortwood ( Haresfield)  & Standish Wood ( Randwick). Earlier work includes at  Roman road at Dymock, Iron-Age earthworks at High Brotheridge, a Leckhampton moated site, further work in advance of flood defences work at Deerhurst and the 40 Year excavation of prehistoric into Anglo-Saxon era sites at Frocester with its Roman villas highlights.


Sometimes Glos Arch is asked to undertake small scale archaeological evaluations and watching briefs. Such work provides opportunities for involvement, and various individual Group members have their own ongoing fieldwork projects. In many cases they would welcome help. Glos Arch organises its own fieldwork projects such as Resistivity Surveying and Fieldwalking. As well as this, members sometimes participate in  'digs' organised via other organisations.such as Archeoscan and GCCCP.


Fieldwalking is also carried out from time to time, lately at Newent and at Linton & in the Sherborne area ofthe Cotswolds.

           Field walking at Linton Farm (2011)


LiDAR - "GADARG'S "SEEING THROUGH THE TREES" PROJECT was based on the LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), data produced by Cranham Local History Society's survey in 2008.

A report was published in 2010 on this Heritage Lottery Funded project describing eight site investigations carried out between May 2009 and June 2010.The project  continues to provide opportunities for hands-on experience in interpreting the LIDAR images and recognising and recording potentially interesting sites on the ground through a range of activities such as field-walking, geophysics and earthwork surveying and, for those less keen on the outdoor aspects, through documentary research. There are many more sites to be investigated.

Aerial Photographic Image                       Corresponding LiDAR Image

Documentary & Local History Research

If documentary and local history research is your interest, we can certainly come up with suggestions and can usually point you in the right direction to get started. We have good contacts in the Gloucestershire Archives and often help as volunteers with archive projects as well as in Museums round the County.

In the late 18th century, waste copper slag, from foundries near Bristol and at Redbrook in the Forest of Dean, was cast into building blocks. These were used in foundation courses, wall copings and as structural and decorative features in buildings in parishes close to the Severn. In cooperation with other Gloucestershire organisations, a detailed survey of sites where these slag blocks are found took place. (N Spry, Journal of Glos Soc. for Industrial Archaeology, 2003, 36-58)

Glos Arch sets up information display stands at archaeology and history open days and at other relevant  events attended by the public. Volunteers are needed for these valuable sociable occasions. Perhaps you would like to help, a few hours at a time, with these.

And don't forget that as well as all these hands-on activities there are winter lectures, spring and summer meetings inside and beyond the County. If you like the idea of getting involved, then please Contact Us.

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