The Geophysics Course begins

A group of students learning about Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) from Larry Conyers of the University of Denver.

A group of students learning about Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) from Larry Conyers of the University of Denver.

Today was the first day of the week-long geophysics course.  After all the planning and preparation, it was great to finally get started.  Today’s schedule included Kris Lockyear giving an introduction to the Sensing the Iron Age and Roman Past project, then David Thorold of the Verulamium Museum talking about the history of Verulamium and the museum’s interest in geophysics, and then Kris again, with overviews of aerial photography and then geophysics in archaeology.  And that was just the morning!

After lunch, we all headed out to the field and took at look at the different types of equipment.  Jarrod Burks, Larry Conyers, Rinita Dalan, Dave Wilbourn and Kris all had crowds around them as they explained their respective machines and students got to try everything for the first time.  We attracted quite a bit of interest and Theresa O’Mahoney, our hard-working UCL student assistant, fielded lots of questions and handed out lots of leaflets.  Our other UCL helper, Alex Blanks, was put through his paces and proved himself to be an able assistant with the GPR.

There is a lot more on tap for tomorrow’s session, including lectures on LiDAR, resistance survey and magnetic susceptibility.  Not to mention another afternoon of hands-on training with the equipment.

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