Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Woodland Archaeology

Here is another of the drawings for the Historical Environment Awareness Project. This one may be going out on a leaflet in conjunction with a photograph of the site of some real mine pits in the project area.
This one was kind of fun because the features actually still look kind of the same today as they would have done in the past, like alot of the earthworks I suppose. Simply; a hole/shaft is dug, and when the minerals are reached the shaft is widened at the bottom end like the inside of a bell. That kind of mining produces what are specifically called "bell pits," not an enviable job I imagine! Anyway, alot of the spoil would have been supposedly chucked back in the pit afterwards, leaving a ring of spoil and an indentation in the middle.