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Surveying with the Young Archaeologists

Saturday saw the Young Archaeologist Club from Ilam visit Under Whitle for the second time. This time it was to get hands on with the survey.

introduction to geophysics with Dr Steve Malone of Trent and Peak Archaeology

Introduction to geophysics with Dr Steve Malone of Trent and Peak Archaeology


After an introduction to the techniques and methods they were going to use, they went out into the fields to get stuck in. They took part in geophysics – finding out about resistivity and helping with the magnetometry survey; drew sketch plans for a tape and offset survey in the Orchard; and had a go at drawing things to scale. They also had a look at the some of the images from the lidar survey.

Members of the YAC looking at the resistivity meter

Looking at the resistivity meter


Trying out surveying with a magnetometer

Trying out surveying with a magnetometer under the watchful eye of Pov and Steve from Trent and Peak Archaeology


Instructions on how to draw a sketch plan of archaeological features

Instructions from Catherine on how to draw a sketch plan of archaeological features


011 Drawing to Scale

Drawing to scale in the Studio


We had a great time with them on site and were really impressed with the sketch plans they drew of the Orchard!

The plan of the Orchard

The plan of the Orchard


We even managed to get in a game of ‘Tudor Call my Bluff!’ See if you can do as well as they did:

Which of the following do you think is the correct definition of the word Jakes?

  1. A group of entertainers that went around villages performing a special folk play called a mummery

  2. The common name for a lavatory. For example, you would say, “I need the jakes!”

  3. A plate of small cakes that are passed around at Easter time.

Put your answer in the comments section below…


Lunchtime game of Tudor Call-My-Bluff

Lunchtime game of Tudor Call-My-Bluff


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