Let it snow – Winter Archaeology and Landscape
Snow offers a rare opportunity for seeing and recording sites in the Welsh landscape which, when covered by a blanket of snow, provide immaculate conditions for earthwork recording, especially when combined with the low winter sun. Snow ‘evens out’ the colours of the landscape allowing complex earthwork monuments to be seen more clearly and precisely. At the same time, drifting or melting snow, as well as melting frost on improved pasture, all help to show up slight differences in topography which can highlight an archaeological site. These special weather conditions rarely last for long, making timely aerial reconnaissance imperative. These images are a selection from winters past; let’s hope there’ll be opportunities for more discoveries this winter.
For more images explore our online galleries highlighting recent fieldwork, digitisation and discoveries.
By Helen Rowe