Geophysical Survey Workshop

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Date(s) - 15/06/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bridlington Priory Church


The Geophysical Survey workshop took place at the same time as Archaeology for Children, which made it an excellent opportunity for both parents and children to be involved in the experience.

We hope to share the results of the Geophysical Survey here on the Priory 900 website soon.

The monastic Priory must have been a hive of craft activity in stone, wood, glass and much more. To commemorate this, Priory 900 organized a series of workshops on alternate Saturdays throughout the season. Each workshop offered a small group the chance to work with an expert to practise some of the skills involved.

Workshop Tutor: Dr Jon Kenny and York Archaeology Trust

If you have ever wondered what it is like to be on Time Team, this workshop was your chance to find out!

This was a unique and exciting opportunity to be involved in a geophysical survey taking place in the grounds of the 900-year-old Augustinian Priory, and to witness the results first hand.

A geophysical survey is undertaken on sites of historical interest to locate and identify sub-surface archaeological features. Data can be collected at surface level, without the need for excavation. Geophysical surveys involve the use of sensing technologies such as earth resistance, magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar (GPR). After being sent for expert analysis, the results can be used to pin point areas of interest on a site.

Dr. Jon Kenny is the Community Archaeologist for the York Archaeological Trust, he helps local history and archaeology groups and schools in Yorkshire to explore their local heritage. Jon helps groups to design bids for funding and helps them to carry out projects. He also provides training on how to identify and understand aspects of the historic environment, such as buildings, landscapes and settlements, and talks regularly to schools and interest groups about a variety of subjects relating to archaeology.

York Archaeological Trust is an independent charity, founded in 1972, which investigates the past for the benefit of present communities and future generations. Linking professional skills and expertise in the practice of archaeology with broadly based background knowledge and experience, it carries out carefully targeted and cost effective archaeological recording, excavation and research for a broad range of clients and partners. The results are made available in a number of innovative ways.

The Aims of the Workshop
Participants were introduced to the techniques used in geophysical surveys and gained a taste of archaeological practise. They took part in a survey in the grounds surrounding the current Church, in which we hoped to discover more about the original layout and structure of the Priory’s monastic buildings.

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