What is Fieldwalking?

Rectangular cropmark as seen from the air

Fieldwalking is a process where we systematically sample the upper surface of cultivated soil in an effort to locate and map the distribution of archaeological artefacts, such as worked flint or pottery sherds.

Potential sites are identified from aerial photographs showing crop or soil marks and with the landowner’s permission we then carry out a fieldwalk, focussing on the area with the most crop marks.

Prehistoric cropmark

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