Programme 2: Land between Lands

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A land between lands – caught in a middle ground between evolving nations, this is a border landscape defined by conflict. The line of the border is itself curious, it is easy to be uncertain which country or county you are in. The mix of English and Welsh place names on both sides of the border adds to this unique feeling of ‘a land between lands’.

 Projects

Click on the links below for information on the two projects within this programme:

2014 programme update

The LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) aerial survey was carried out by Environment Agency Geomatics during late November 2013 and the data became available in April this year. Since then our professional archaeologists from AOC Archaeology Group and our Community Officer Joe Penfold have been working hard to get our community archaeology project ‘Open hills, Old Ways & Commons‘ up and running.  LIDAR and initial fieldwork training for interested volunteers took place during June 2014 and there will be a further training week in August 2014. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch with Joe Penfold.

With the knowledge and experience gained from this training, and with Joe’s ongoing support, we hope that small teams of volunteers will be able to continue field work surveys and recording, and that this will lead to new discoveries and a better understanding of the history of our Open Hills, Old Ways and Commons.

Shropshire Council Historic Environment Team and Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust are working together to support our ‘Helping Hillforts & Earthwork Castles‘ project.  During Spring/Summer 2014 they are using the LIDAR data and other documentary sources to produce new management plans for four castle sites at Pulverbatch, Hyssington, Wilmington and More, to produce a fuller record of these historic sites and to work with the site owners to address the management and conservation issues affecting them. We will also be working at Callow Hillfort near Minsterley and Roundton Hillfort near Churchstoke to involve volunteers in active conservation management. Look out for initial events and our practical work programme at two sites (Castle Pulverbatch and Callow Hillfort) starting Autumn 2014.