Open Days

North Dean Wood Community Excavation

Between the 30th September & 4th October we will be hosting an Archaeology Excavation at the Calderdale Council property of North Dean Wood, Greetland, Halifax.

This event is FREE to individuals and FAMILIES

The Community Archaeological Excavation will serve to investigate one of many charcoal burning platforms identified within the woodland as part of the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project.  The investigation will shed light on how these features were constructed and used in the past.  Using multiple archaeological techniques, we will extract samples from the structure in order to identify when and how the charcoal burning platform was constructed; as well as how often it was used and when it went out of use.  We will also investigate the types of wood that was used as part of the industry.  One of the key questions to be asked is how did the tree species in the woodland change over time?  Also, what was the environment like before charcoal production began?

The excavation is open to the public, BUT PRIOR BOOKING TO VOLUNTEER IS ESSENTIAL! The excavation will last from Saturday 10th September and end on Wednesday 4th October.

If you want to get involved, drop me a line at:

Opening Hours 10am – 4pm each day (Meeting at Clay House, Greetland, Halifax, HX4 8AN at 9.45am).


Digital Mapping: A GIS Workshop

Hirst Wood, a woodland investigated as part of the first phase of surveys. The map displays Ordnance Survey open data along with Environment Agency LiDAR and Aerial Photography. Each of these methods will be explored as part of the workshop.

A Geographical Information System (or GIS) is an operating system system which allows the user to manage, analyse, and display all forms of geographically referenced information.  In archaeology it is widely used to manage, plot and visualise data collected ‘in the field’ as part of site specific or landscape investigation (such as the woodland surveys undertaken between January a March this year).

GIS is also an important tool in the visualisation and displaying of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) along with OpenSource map data.  As part of the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project, this has been very useful for the production of site maps, which we have put to good use whilst exploring the woodlands of the South Pennines.

This FREE day long workshop  to be held on Saturday 6th May, will serve to introduce you to GIS software, in particular the use of Open Source software QGIS and Open Data provided by the Ordnance Survey, Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

By the end of the workshop you will have experience in:

  1. The use of Open Data to create digital maps
  2. The loading and visualisation of survey data onto Open Data maps
  3. The importing and analysis of LiDAR data

The workshop will consist of a basic walk through, during which Chris Atkinson will lead you step by step through the processes listed above.

To attend this workshop you are required to have with you a laptop complete with the Free QGIS Open Source Software found here: (Please download the Latest Release QGIS Standalone Installer Version 2.18 (64 bit))

You will also need to download the following data files found here:

As part of the event there will be a step-by-step guide, however if you can’t wait for the workshop, or want to ‘go it alone’, then there is a useful guide concerning the use of QGIS, produced by the British Archaeological Jobs Resource (BAJR).  Download it here: 42_BAJR_Guide_QGIS

There are limited spaces so booking is essential!

The event will be held at:

Town Hall, Saint George’s Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7BY

Saturday 6th May 2017

1000hrs – 1600hrs

Refreshments and a Sandwich Lunch will be provided

Contact: to book

Additional information will be provided on booking