dyb dyb dyb dob dob dob – Scouting for Archaeology

A cold but sunny Sunday saw two scout groups, 3rd Ongar and Moreton & Fyfield, take part in a training course on the techniques of archaeological building survey.

The two scout groups now plan to record their local 8th USAAF airfield at Chipping Ongar airfield as part of their Local Knowledge Activity Badge.

The badge requires the scouts to:

  1. Study an aspect of national history, local history or family heritage. Exhibit or present the results to other people.
  2. Over a period agreed with the leader, get involved in a project to help preserve some aspect of national or local heritage.

The morning was spent learning how to conduct a building survey, followed by afternoon session where our participants got to test their new recording skills and explore airfield buildings nearby. The buildings were measured and photographed and information including their OS coordinates, construction materials and current state of repair were all noted.

Our intrepid archaeologists learnt the difference between Romney’s, Nissen’s and Jane’s ; that it takes four and a half million bricks to build an airbase, stumbled across upturned runway lights and uncovered some ww2 footprints made in the perimeter track over seventy years ago.

The volunteers were then given the opportunity to discuss their findings and ask any questions they might have about filling in the forms,  or how this information is then transferred to the public-access County Council Historic Environment Record.

A big thank you to the scout leaders and helpers and the landowners for allowing us to practice the recording process on their surviving ww2 structures.

Here’s a few pics from the day:

If you would like to come to a future training day, or host one of these great sessions,  please email [email protected]