Latest news from ArcHeritage

  • Milton Ironworks Event

    An evening event will be held at Elsecar Heritage Centre on the 22nd November 2018 to share the results of this summer's archaeological excavation at the Milton Ironworks site. The excavation was hosted by the Elsecar Heritage Action Zone and Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar Projects, with over 100 local volunteers and 55 school children participating. Tickets for the event are free, but need to be booked in advance via Eventbrite. We will also be presenting the results at the South Yorkshire Archaeology Day on the 1st December (details here).

  • British Archaeological Awards 2018

    Wemyss Caves 4D, a collaborative project between the SCAPE Trust (University of St Andrews) and Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (SWACS), was Highly Commended at the British Archaeological Awards 2018, in the Best Public Presentation of Archaeology category. ArcHeritage worked on the digital capture of the caves with colleagues from Northlight Heritage and Trent and Peak Archaeology. The Wemyss Caves in Fife contain the highest density of Pictish carvings in the world. You can explore the caves, view the carvings and learn about their history in the interactive 4D Wemyss Caves website.

  • Milton Ironworks community excavation

    Our community excavtion at Milton, Elsecar, starts on the 16th July. We are looking for remains of the Milton Ironworks which stood on the site for nearly 100 years. Visitors are welcome, and there are places available for volunteers from the 21st to 28th July: details and booking information through Eventbrite. The excavation is being run in conjunction with Barnsley Museums, Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar, and Elsecar Heritage Action Zone.

  • Vinegarth manor community exavation, Lincolnshire

    Our community archaeology excavation with the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership runs from the 17th to 28th July, investigating the probable site of a medieval manor house at Vinegarth, Epworth, Lincolnshire. The fieldwork is being run in collaboration with our colleagues at York Archaeological Trust and Trent and Peak Archaeology. See the IoAHC website for details and eventbrite for opportunities to volunteer.

  • Rockingham Pottery community excavation

    Our community archaeology excavation on the site of Swinton's world-famous Rockingham Pottery starts next week (6th to 9th June), in collaboration with Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership. There are currently some volunteering opportunities available on the 7th and 8th June: email to book a place.

  • 3D visualisations and films of the Avalon Marshes

    Step back in time!

    Working with the South West Heritage Trust we have created a series of new 3D animated films of the Avalon Marshes. The films allow people to move through the landscape, experiencing sights and sounds from thousands of years ago. They have been produced as part of the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership project, made possible with a £1.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The earliest landscape is from almost 7,000 years ago when Mesolithic hunter-gatherer communities were living on the dry islands of hard geology surrounded by a mixture of salt marsh and reed swamp. From 3,800BC the environment of the Sweet Track has been produced, when the first Neolithic farmers built the UK’s earliest wooden trackway through two kilometres of reed swamp. The Iron Age marshes and Glastonbury Lake Village are the subject of the third film, bringing the unique settlement to life.

    The films can be viewed here.

    Click here to go to the South West Heritage Trust website.

  • ‘Romans in Ravenglass’ film just released

    We are delighted to announce the release of a new short film charting our discoveries made during the 2014 excavations at Ravenglass. The film documents the discoveries on site, the work of the volunteers, and follows a number of artefacts through conservation and post-excavation assessment. The film was made by DX Films and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Copeland Community Fund and the Lake District National Park Authority as part of the Romans in Ravenglass community archaeology project.

    The film can be viewed here or on YouTube. Thanks to all our funders, teams and volunteers for making it a really successful season.

  • Open Day at Wortley Tin Mill 11th October

    We are holding an Open Day at our excavation on the former Wortley Tin Mill (South Yorkshire) on SATURDAY 11th October 2014. 10am-3pm. The work is being undertaken as a community archaeology project, funded by Hunshelf Parish Council through a Heritage Lottery Fund award.

    All are welcome to visit during the Open Day. The site is located just north of the junction between A616 and the A6102, at Deepcar (SK293988). There is limited parking along the track. Please wear sturdy footwear as the site is uneven.

  • AIA Awards success!

    We're delighted to have received two awards recently from the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA).

    Alongside our project partners the Roggins Local History Group, we won the 'Archaeological Report Award (Voluntary Groups)' for our work on the Silkstone Waggonway.

    In the category of 'Digital Initiative and Innovation' we were 'Highly Commended' for our work with the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society on our project at Rockley Furnace.

    Congratulations to both these local groups who have worked tirelessly to investigate and promote their local heritage. The projects were funded by the East Peak Innovation Partnership.

  • British Archaeological Awards

    We were delighted to receive a 'Highly Commended' award in the category of 'Best Public Presentation of Archaeology' in the recent British Archaeological Awards 2014.

    The award was won by the Wemyss Caves 4D project which we carried out jointly with our sister offices Northlight Heritage and Trent and Peak Archaeology, and which was commissioned by the SCAPE Trust in partnership with the Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society. The Wemyss Caves in Fife contain the highest density of Pictish carvings in the world. The 4D project is a web-based interactive environment in which you can explore the history of the cave and view the carvings. Visit the award-winning website here.

  • Cave and Rock Art Conference

    On 21st and 22nd May the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (University of Cambridge) is hosting a conference on state-of-the-art techniques for the documentation of prehistoric art. Marcus Abbott of ArcHeritage will be presenting a paper on the evaluation of digital recording and visualisation techniques, using case studies from recent projects including his analysis of megaliths at Stonehenge.

    The link to the conference pages can be found here

  • Trading Histories Exhibition – Sheffield Castle Market

    Catch the last days of the Trading Histories Exhibition at Castle Market, Exchange Street, Sheffield. The exhibition is one of the outputs from our HLF-funded project, and features artworks, words and images by our project participants in partnership with Ian Beesley, Ian McMillan (the 'Bard of Barnsley'), Kid Acne, Bill Bevan, Anne Mawdesley and a host of others. Get your hands on a limited edition copy of 'Sweet Fishes' - a full colour commemorative booklet. Upper Ground Floor, 9am-5pm Mon-Sat. Exhibition finishes Sat 9th November.

    See our project website for more details and to view the project archive.

  • Speaker At The Uplands Archaeology Forum

    Our Archaeological Surveyor, Tudur Davies, will be speaking (in Welsh) at the Uplands Archaeology forum on the 10th of May at Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog. His talk forms part of a day school entitled 'Archaeology in the Mountains' organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), Snowdonia National Park and Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.

    More information about this day school can be found on the RCAHMW website.

    This talk will cover the survey work undertaken by Archeritage and students from the University of Sheffield on the Cym Pursor uplands last year. In total an area covering approximately 25 km² was surveyed identifying over 1500 archaeological sites.

    See the projects area of our website for more information about this survey.

  • Major New Discoveries at Stonehenge

    English Heritage have published a new report, undertaken by ArcHeritage, which details exciting new discoveries made during the analysis of 3D laser scan data of the Stonehenge monument.

    ArcHeritage pioneered new digital analysis techniques to examine the data, and worked in conjunction with eminent prehistorians who are currently involved in a major research project at the site. The analysis identified a wealth of new prehistoric carvings on the surface of a number of the Trilithons, and has also provided very detailed information about the shaping of the stones themselves. This information will contribute to new interpretations about the construction of the monument, and its change over time, and will feed into displays currently being designed for the new Stonehenge visitor centre due to open in 2013.

    The English Heritage research report is published on-line.

    A detailed article on the analytical techniques and the results is published in the latest edition of British Archaeology Magazine, published by the CBA.

    For further information on the results of the project, please contact David Aspden at ArcHeritage on +44 (0)114 2728884. More information is contained in our Project Pages

  • Leica Geosystems Innovation Awards 2012

    ArcHeritage have again been asked to submit an entry for the Innovation Awards to be be presented at the Leica Geosystems High Definition Survey symposium on 11th July. This year our submission covers archaeological investigations into the former 19th-century blast furnace at Rockley, South Yorkshire. The study was commissioned by the East Peak Innovation Partnership. We used a C10 laser scanner to survey the monument and landscape, and to provide detailed images for interpretation and conservation. We also incorporated the laser scanning technology into a community outreach and survey training programme for the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society, and the Roggins Local History Group.

    See our Project Pages for futher details about the Rockley Furnace.

  • Stonehenge in 3D

    ArcHeritage are delighted to have been commissioned by English Heritage to undertake detailed analysis of 3D laser scan data of the Stonehenge monument. It is hoped that close examination of this high definition data will reveal new information about the construction of the monument. There is also the exciting possibility that new prehistoric carvings will be discovered. The information will be invaluable for scholars of archaeology and will inform the interpretation of the monument at the new visitor galleries currently being designed by English Heritage, due to open in 2013.

  • Staveley 3D Photogrammetry

    Staveley 3D Photogrammetry

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    This short video demonstrates how we used photogrammetry to accurately map and mesh a trench from the recent excavations at Stavelely. Using only digital photos we were able to model the sections, cobbled surfaces, and trench edges. This has huge potential for the modelling of historic sites and landscapes.

  • Celebrations at the Shepherd Wheel in Sheffield

    The huge restoration scheme that has been underway at the Shepherd Wheel in Sheffield is drawing towards a close. ArcHeritage and the York Archaeological Trust were appointed to carry out historic building recording, new research, oral history workshops and to provide a suite of new interpretation materials. A Topping Out ceremony will celebrate the construction of the new interpretation building.

    A public Christmas event will be held at the site between 12pm and 3pm, 17th December. The event is open to all - come to this characterful site and see the water wheel and internal grinding machinery working.

    Events at the Christmas Opening!

    See the Wheel running for the first time in many years

    Watch a knife being shaped on the forge

    Have a go at making a Christmas Wreath

    Enjoy warm mulled wine, mince pies and sweet chestnuts!

  • Forgotten Spaces 2011 – RIBA Awards

    ArcHeritage are proud to be associated with the recent RIBA Forgotten Sapces competition, held for the first time in Sheffield. The quality of the entries was excpeptionally high, with some stunning and innovative design ideas put forward. The £5000 First Prize was awarded to Chris Paterson for his project 'Guiding Lights'.

    RIBA in Yorkshire worked in association with Sheffield Hallam University and the programme was sponsored by developers British Land, Creative Sheffield, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and engineers Buro Happold. Media partner on Forgotten Spaces 2011 were The Architects Journal. ArcHeritage sponsored the reception drinks.

    Take a look at the shortlisted entries on the RIBA website here

    Further information about the competition can be found on the Sheffield Hallam University news pages

    ArcHeritage Regional Director, Anna Badcock, presents the Highly Commended award to Simon Gedye and Keith Hayman.

  • New publication – Monk Bridge Ironworks

    We are delighted to announce the publication of our new monograph - 'Monk Bridge Ironworks'. The volume presents the results of archaeological investigations at the former ironworks in Leeds. It examines aspects of the iron and railway engineering industries throughout a period of rapid national change. The growth, success and changing fortunes of two extraordinary family businesses are charted through original research, building recording and archaeological excavations.

    Hardback, 194pp, 30 line illustrations, 119 colour and b/w plates. ISBN: 978-1-874454-56-4. Price: £20.00 plus p&p

    Please click here to order online. For further details contact ArcHeritage on 0114 2728884.

  • Leica HDS Innovation Awards

    We are delighted to announce that our Geomatics and Visualisation specialist, Marcus Abbott, was a finalist in the Leica Geosytems HDS Innovation Awards last week. Marcus was nominated for his recent 3D visualisation work at Staveley Hall, where we are contributing to an HLF-funded community project. Marcus used Leica laser scanning equipment (C10) to capture 3D data of the existing remains of the 17thC Staveley Hall. This was combined with archaeological and documentary evidence and landscape survey to enable Marcus to create a 3D digital model of the complete hall is it may have looked when it was built. The model will continue to evolve as new archaeological information is gathered during the project. See 'Staveley Hall' in our project pages for images of the 3D model. 19th July 2011

  • Launch of 3D visualisation of Sheffield Manor Lodge

    ArcHeritage have produced 3D digital models of Sheffield Manor Lodge for a large archaeological project being conducted by the University of Sheffield. The project is being funded by the Higher Education Innovation fund. A new interactive website has just been launched, designed and hosted by the Humanities Reasrch Institute at the University of Sheffield. The digital models produced by ArcHeritage have been generated using a variety of sources, including historic texts and images, and archaeological evidence. The website allows users to select 3D models of the manor in Tudor times and the post-medieval period, and to view the site from a numbers of different locations. Hotspots allow the user to examine more detailed evidence about particular features on the site. See our 'Projects' pages for further information and images. Click here to go the the interactive Manor Lodge website.

  • Guest speaker at Chamber of Commerce lunch

    Our Operations Manager, David Aspden, will be talking about the impact of PPS5 (planning guidance for the historic environment) to members of the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce at a Construction Lunch on the 4th February. The lunch will be held at the York Pavilion Hotel at 12pm.

  • National Trust/RSPB upland survey

    Survey work is underway on 25 square kilometres of upland of the East Moors in the Peak District National Park. The work is being carried out for the Eastern Moors Partnership (EMP), a new partnership between the National Trust and the RSPB. Several new archaeological sites have already been identified. The survey will enable the EMP to characterise the archaeological resource of the moors, and to design appropriate Higher Level Stewardship agreements for the long-term management of the land.

  • Refurbishment of rare 18th century water-powered site is underway

    A major programme of refurbishment at the Shepherd Wheel in Sheffield is now well underway. Working with the Friends of the Porter Valley, Sheffield City Council who own the site have secured lottery funding for the restoration of this rare building which functioned as a grinding workshop for cutlery and edge tools, powered by water from the Porter Brook. Documentary references for the site go back to the mid 16th century, although the current buildings are likely to be 18th-century in date. The project will see the water wheel and grinding machinery brought back into full working order. ArcHeritage and the York Archaeological Trust are undertaking building recording of the site, and an extensive programme of interpretation works to provide on-site information for visitors and schools groups. We are also undertaking an oral history project, to record memories of the site over the last 70 years.

  • Dramatic demolition of the Osborn Mushet Tool Works

    In June the former Osborn Mushet Tool Works was demolished in a controlled explosion and the site was cleared to pave the way for a new development. Prior to its demolition, ArcHeritage were commissioned to make a detailed record of this imposing building which had been constructed in 1943 for the manufacture of machine parts. The building style incorporated Art Deco elements, giving the façade a grand symmetry. Evidence for the building’s wartime origins was found within the fabric of the structure which had been built in three separate segments to reduce the impact in the event of bombing. The basement had been used as a bomb shelter, and a lookout post was stationed on the roof. The record made by ArcHeritage will be deposited in Sheffield Archives.

  • York’s 800 year old Micklegate Bar opens to the public

    The York Archaeological Trust refurbished Micklegate Bar, and opened it as a museum in Spring 2010. As York's most important gateway, the bar has served a number of important roles since its construction in the 12th century, including being the main point of entry through which a reigning monarch enters the city. The Bar has been altered at various times since it was built; by studying documentary and archaeological evidence, ArcHeritage visualisation specialist Marcus Abbott has created a 3D reconstruction of the Bar in the 18th century.

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