Baildon Moor

Masters Students take Research into the South Pennines

The project was delighted to have two MSc students from the Division of Archaeological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Bradford carry out research on aspects of the historic environment.

Ron Organ, who was studying for an MSc in Archaeological Prospection, investigated the mining extraction features on Baildon Moor using Electrical Resistive Tomography. The circular depressions that are prevalent across the moor are anecdotally referred to as ‘bell pits’, however, it is likely that they represent shafts, some ventilation, others for getting the coal out. Ron hoped to be able to see if the shafts, or groups of shafts were linked by underground galleries, if some really are bell pits, and perhaps to determine the depth of the shafts which would indicate the coal seam being worked. Click here for more information. 

Liza Kavanagh was studying for an MSc in Scientific Methods. Her research, entitled ‘Communicating scientific archaeology; a guide to peat core analysis for volunteer archaeologists and climate enthusiasts’ aimed to involve volunteers in helping to take a peat core and then to introduce them to some of the analytical processes involved in identification. Click here for more information.

Update The project is pleased to annouce that both Ron and Liza successfully gained their Masters degrees, graduating in December 2012.