It’s been a busy summer for everyone involved in Project Wildscape and we thought we should post an update of all the happenings and let you know what we’ll be up to over the autumn and winter.
Training and fieldwork
In July and August we held a number of training and citizen science sessions focusing on geo-archaeology. These sessions were in a variety of locations across the Humberhead levels with volunteers new and old participating for a few days at a time. These sessions were a great success and some of the volunteers wrote about their experiences for us (You can access Karen and James’ blogs by clicking their names).
We’ll be back in area in the coming months to run more training sessions but these will be focused on skills and sessions that can be honed indoors such as pollen identification or discussions around local environmental issues (no one wants to be coring in the cold and wet winter months!). Keep an eye on the website and twitter for updates on how to get involved with these sessions.
The project work has been presented at a number of conferences in the last few months including at the European Association for Archaeologists (EAA) in Barcelona, Spain, the Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC) in Newcastle and Durham and the IUCN peatlands conference, Scotland. The project was met with positive comments from members of the audiences and we’re very excited to be moving forward with our plans after a number of informative discussions.
Earlier in the summer the team published an article in the conversation about the importance of bogs and wetlands and highlighted the work being completed by the wildscape project. (To read the article click here)
In August we project hosted a fieldtrip onto Hatfield Moors associated with the British Ecological Society’s Special Interest Group in Palaeoecology . It was attended by approximately 25 scientists from across theUK and Europe and several of our core volunteers also attended. Natural England helped to facilitate this event with Senior Reserve Manager Tim Kohler talking to participants about the restoration work they have been doing on the Moors. This led to a number of interesting discussions regarding the role of palaeoecological data in site management and practices and how the scientific community can contribute to this in a productive way.
Upcoming events and plans
Just because we’ve had a busy few months, doesn’t mean we’re taking a break and hibernating over the winter, we’ve got lots planned! First up, we’ll be doing some more research in the area including coring (but don’t worry we’re not asking you to work in the bad weather, that fun is just for us!) and some archaeological survey work.
Team members Ben and Henry will be helping out on another IOAHC event looking at the Neolithic trackway on Hatfield (click here for more information on the trackway).
We’re planning more events for November and December which will mean you can get involved with new aspects of the project such as pollen analysis and learn about the science behind the reconstruction work. Watch this space for updates.