Geophysics Open Day, Lansdown, 26 July

Monday 26 July, 2021, 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Geophysics Open Day, Lansdown, Bath

Come and see a geophysical survey of an archaeological site containing two round barrows and have a go yourself.
BACAS is going to be carrying out a geophysical survey of a round barrow site on Lansdown, Bath in late July. Monday 26 July will be an Open Day when we will show visitors what we are doing and how it all works to give a picture of what is below ground. Then visitors will be given the opportunity to try using the equipment themselves.

Note this an event for non-members. Members who wish to take part in the survey should contact the Projects Officer, Janet Pryke,

The two round barrows were excavated in 1908 and a burial and two cremation urns were found. We will be trying to fix the location of the excavation trenches and whether the barrows were surrounded by ditches or other earthworks.

This site is one of those being investigated by BACAS as part of the Bathscape project (supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund).

To keep it COVID-safe numbers will be limited and booking is essential. Equipment will be cleaned down between each person. There will be 4 timed sessions lasting one hour each with a maximum of 6 visitors per session: 11-12, 12-1, 1:30-2:30, 2:30-3:30.

Suitable for ages 12+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are free and bookable on Eventbrite.

Clothing and footwear: the weather can be very changeable on Lansdown. Please be prepared for rain. Stout shoes or boots are recommended.

This event is part of the Festival of Archaeology, the UK’s biggest celebration of archaeology.

How to take part: participants will need to be able to make their own way to the site. There is a bus service from central Bath. Full directions will be provided nearer the time. There are no onsite facilities, although the local pub serves food and drink and has a car park and toilets.

Archaeology fieldwork is a physical activity but every measure possible will be taken to ensure that everyone can join in. The barrows are in a field with rough undulating ground. Access to the field may not be possible for people with limited mobility. If you have specific access requirements, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to support you.

COVID Secure
The safety of attendees is paramount and measures have been put in place to make sure this event is COVID secure.

Numbers on the event are limited to 6 visitors at a time. Any equipment used will be cleaned down between each participant. If required by the government guidelines, details of each participant will be kept for the NHS Test and Trace. These will be destroyed 21 days after the event.

If participants have to self-isolate, or experience Covid symptoms prior to the date of the event, they will be asked not to attend and offered a refund.

These measures will be re-evaluated as new government guidance is issued and new measures added as necessary.

Wet weather
The event will go ahead unless the weather conditions are extreme. Please check your joining email for updates or changes to the event.