PhD student gains experience of aerial survey work with the Royal Commission

Kelly Davies, a current PhD student in the College of Science is studying digital heritage and archaeology in Wales. Through the University she was offered a heritage skills training placement with Toby Driver at the Royal Commission, giving her the opportunity to gain experience of the aerial survey work that the Commission carries out.

Kelly DaviesKelly said: "Aerial survey includes monitoring the condition of scheduled ancient monuments across Wales to ensure they are not being damaged, as well as searching for previously unidentified archaeological sites from parch or cropmarks. Cropmarks appear when archaeology under the surface affects the growth rate of plants – for example plants growing over a ditch may grow taller than those around them as they can get more nutrition, whilst plants growing over a buried wall may be stunted, particularly during drought periods. This allows archaeologists to interpret the marks visible and suggest possible further investigative work. Information about these sites is made available to the public through the Royal Commissions online database Coflein."

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