Fieldwalking with Fenland YAC
Fenland YAC did some fabulous fieldwalking on Saturday 30th September 2017!
Fieldwalking is used to map where archaeological objects are found across the surface of ploughed fields.
There are two main types: line walking and grid walking.
Line walking is where a group of fieldwalkers walk alongside each other spread across the site. They walk forwards in a straight line, collecting finds (such as worked flint or pottery) as they go. Each ‘line’ is split into sections usually called ‘stints’; finds are bagged up depending on which line and stint they were found within.
In grid walking, the survey area is split into squares. Each fieldwalker is given a square to search for finds in a set length of time. Finds are then bagged up by grid square.
Both these methods allow archaeologists to map where there are find ‘hotspots’ across a site. The pattern of finds might then help them to decide where to place their trenches in an excavation.
Our Fenland YAC members discovered some amazing Roman finds! And there was no rain, making it a perfect day for fieldwalking.
Thanks to the Sawtry History Society who invited the Fenland YAC members to join them; a great day was had by all!
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