Unearthing our past
LandScope Engineering recently supported a community archaeology group investigating aerial photography near Eardisland, Herefordshire. Using the Bartington magnetometer, LandScope were able to produce a geophysical survey of the suspected site. Data revealed that not only were the crop-marks resultant of ditch/bank enclosures but that there was strong evidence of pits or structures within the enclosure. Additionally, survey revealed that the enclosure system appeared to extend out beyond the area of photographed crop-marks, suggesting further areas of archaeological interest.
The nature of the site is strongly reminiscent of an Iron Age or Romano-British enclosure and the high quality of the survey results may indicate a good level of preservation. With these survey results accurately positioned within the Ordnance Survey grid, it is hoped that future excavations can be targeted to best understand the history of this site and place it within its wider archaeological context.