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LiDAR in the archaeology of Sussex
LiDAR in the archaeology of Sussex with Vivienne Blackwood 7:30pm on Wednesday 13 June 2018 - talk starts at 8:00pm LiDAR is Light Detection and Ranging. This technique has been used in our local wooded landscapes in two projects, The Secrets of the High Woods and The Weald Forest Ridge Project, to enable a better understanding of the ‘hidden’ archaeology and mostly unknown archaeology of these areas. The talk will cover, very briefly, the basic principles of how LiDAR works and was used in these two Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Projects. It will concentrate on the use of LiDAR to help discover and visualise many of the archaeological features which lie hidden in the wooded landscapes of the two areas. Put simply this is because the images created from the LiDAR survey can produce a variety of images that remove the woodland cover, and understorey, thus enabling the archaeologist to interrogate and interpret the resultant ‘lumps and bumps’ depicted in these images. Archaeological features often survive better in woodland that has been under continuous wooded cover for a long period of time, quite simply because, unlike downland and fieldscape areas, they have not been ploughed out. Vivienne Blackwood MA trained as a landscape archaeologist. Her work encompasses a range of projects. These include historical research; field surveying; and teaching woodland surveying techniques and report preparation. She was involved with two large scale landscape projects in which the use of LiDAR was a major component. The first project,[masked], was in the High Weald, stretching in a fairly narrow band from Tunbridge Wells to Horsham when the use of LiDAR for archaeological purposes was less well known. I worked closely with East Sussex County Council and interpreted the LiDAR images and spent much time in the field verifying those images and working with volunteers. More recently I worked with the South Downs National Park with volunteers using LiDAR images in the field on their project The Secrets of the High Woods.

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