Fieldwork is an essential part of this research and of course this part of the project is also a joint effort by citizen scientists and professional archaeologists. Discover when fieldwork will take place and how you can participate.
Validation in the field
Fieldwork is essential as the barrows and charcoal kilns that have been discovered on the elevation maps have to be checked in the field to ascertain whether these are indeed ancient man-made structures or natural phenomena. This can be done by inspecting the soil profile attained via coring.
Many thousand locations have been marked as potential archaeological structures. Inspecting all of them would require an enormous amount of time. To get a preliminary understanding of the reliability of the locations marked during the online search a sample of the locations will be investigated. By investigating a sample we will get an understandig of the chance that a location marked by 15 or 5 citizen scientists is a indeed burial mound.
This insight allows the results of the citizen science research to be used as guideline in urban development and planning. In this way, citizens aid in the protection of our shared archaeological heritage.
Help in the field?
In the next few months we will conduct fieldwork on both the Veluwe and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. All opportunities to join the field expeditions will be listed here including how to register and join.