Silchester Iron Age Environs Project: Results of the Aerial Photograph and Lidar Survey

Author(s): Krystyna Truscoe

A detailed examination of aerial photographs and lidar was undertaken as part of the desk-based assessment for the University of Reading Silchester Iron Age Environs Project. The results of the aerial investigation and mapping provide a framework for understanding how the landscape was altered over time and in particular how this affects our understanding and perception of the Iron Age to Roman transition.Sites of note include prehistoric funerary monuments and settlements, medieval deer park boundaries and Second World War ordnance production and storage sites. The aerial photograph and lidar survey covered 143 kilometre squares, including and providing context for the core project area of c. 100 kilometre squares around the Iron Age oppidum and Roman town at Silchester. Archaeological monuments from all periods from the Neolithic up until the Cold War were mapped and recorded, although the emphasis of the overall project is on the Iron Age. A total of 671 archaeological sites were discovered and information was added to 81 of the known sites in the area. The project data is available from the Historic England Archive and the West Berkshire or Hampshire Historic Environment Records.

Report Number:
77/2017
Series:
Research Department Reports
Pages:
220
Keywords:
Iron Age Roman Aerial Photograph Interpretation Aerial Photography Lidar Survey

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