On Friday 29th November 2019, Kris Lockyear will be giving a talk on the results of the survey work entitled “Verulamium: busy places and empty spaces.” The meeting will start at 7.45pm, United Reformed Church hall, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City. WAS members free, visitors £3.
The project is now six years and a bit old. We started (officially) on Feb 1st 2013, and the funding ended on Feb 1st 2014. I thought people might like to see how many sites we have worked on. I’m a little vague as do we count Verulamium as one site, or do we split it up (the Park, Gorhambury, Abbey Orchard etc.)? I make it 30 sites altogether. We have expanded from just magnetometry to regularly using mag, Earth Resistance and GPR, with occasional resistivity pseudosections and a little bit of magnetic susceptibility. I would like to thank everyone who comes and helps on the surveys, especially those who transport the gear around for me. I would also like to thank the AHRC for funding the original project, the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, for allowing us to use their Earth Resistance meter and the dGPS, and SEAHA for the use of the GPR. The Institute also pays the annual fee for the GPR software I use.
The two maps below show the sites in Hertfordshire that we have worked on, and all the sites that we have examined. Here is to the next six years!
Firstly, CAGG was shorted listed for the CBA Marsh Award for Best Community Archaeology Project. The CBA Archaeology day / AGM was held yesterday in York. Kris, Ruth, Peter and Jim went up for the event.
Although we didn’t win (and congratulations to the group from Woking who did), it was a pleasing result to be listed in the top three projects. Congratulations to all our volunteers who have worked at Verulamium over the years.
Secondly, this Tuesday sees the biennial “Near Surface Geophysics Group” conference at the Geological Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly. Those of you with good memories will recall that I gave a paper about the work at Verulamium at the last conference in 2016 (sadly, the link to storify.com no longer works as that service has been discontinued). This time round I decided to make a poster instead. As the poster is A0 (i.e., huge!), I won’t post a link to the 145mgb PDF file but I have posted a much reduced file below. Please note, however, that even this is 10mgb so you’ll probably not want to click on it on your smart phone (for those of you who have such a thing).
Lastly, depending on the weather, a small group of us may be out surveying at Ashwell Church this Sunday.
Members of CAGG star in a film made by UCL to advertise their public engagement strategy. It can be seen on Youtube. We are about a minute in, surveying at Darrowfield.
Just to let you all know that Kris will be speaking at the Welwyn Festival on Friday June 23rd, presenting a talk entitled “Verulamium Revealed” on our survey results from the town. More details at http://www.welwynfestival.org.uk/news/welwyn-archaeological-society/
Hope to see some of you there.
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I believe Jim enjoys mountain biking!
Just a quick post to say we have been awarded the UCL Provost’s Award for Public Engagement 2017 in the established researcher category. Although the award is to me, I really see it as an acknowledgment of the success of the group as a whole. We should all award ourselves a firm pat on the back. Well done everyone, and very many thanks to Ruth Halliwell for nominating us for the prize.
Those of you who know Bloomsbury probably imagine I have a lovely view across one of the squares from my office window. Until recently, you would be right! UCL are building a new student hub (everything is a ‘hub’ these days) and had to have somewhere to house the workers. The solution? … a two storey stack of portacabins in a tunnel over the pavement.
Just to add to my joy, the staircase between levels is just by my window, so they have covered it in plastic…
It is scheduled to be like this until December 2018. No wonder I prefer being out surveying. Jarrod Burks, who many of you will remember from the course, was out surveying the other day.
Seems a bit too extreme for my liking!
You may wonder what this tale of woe has to do with geophysics and CAGG? UCL have put up a nice set of panels on the hoardings to advertise what the Institute does and to make the place slightly more inviting. I was really pleased to see…
Yay, fame at last! Sadly, the only caption near the image of our survey doesn’t mention CAGG, Verulamium or geophysics.
Oh well, never mind. Perhaps I should find a plastic holder for our CAGG postcards and leave a few there for the curious.
Local Hertfordians maybe interested to see the article on Batford in this week’s Herts Advertiser and compare that to my posting about the survey.
Merry Christmas everybody.
John Dent kindly sent a photograph of his birthday cake beautifully decorated with an icing GPR.
Which reminded me that I should wish everyone a happy festive season.
I doubt we will be doing any more geophysics until the New Year, but I have some older work to catch-up on so there may be the odd post or two.
Best wishes from Kris and Ellen.