Research Report Series: A Wealth of Research Available Online

At the end of each month Kirsty Stonell Walker, our Reports Administrator, will update Heritage Calling readers on new research published by the English Heritage Research Report Series. If you are interested in any of the publications please follow the link to download your copy for free. 

The Report Series has existed in one form or another for over 50 years and encompasses the best of our research in subjects as diverse as dendrochronology, aerial photography, archaeology, architecture and animal bones.

New publications for this month are a castle, a church, the mystery of Anglo-Saxon bones and a possible Prehistoric enclosure discovered from the sky.

Portland Castle, Dorset: Report On Geophysical Survey, November 2012
Portland Castle, Dorset: Report On Geophysical Survey, November 2012

40/2013 Portland Castle, Dorset: Report On Geophysical Survey, November 2012  Neil Linford

The Geophysics Team conducted a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey at Portland Castle, Portland Bill, Dorset.  Using radar signal, they assessed damage caused by water through the external wall into the Captain’s chamber.  Read about their fascinating work here.

Church of St Nicholas, Church Road, Potter Heigham, Norfolk: Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers
Church of St Nicholas, Church Road, Potter Heigham, Norfolk: Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers

34/2013 Church of St Nicholas, Church Road, Potter Heigham, Norfolk: Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers R E Howard and A J Arnold

The timbers in the roof of a church in Norfolk have been concealing their fifteenth century history.  Read about the fascinating work of the dendrochronologists as they identify the ecclesiastic life of a Tudor tree.  The entire report can be read here.

88/2011 Amino Acid and Stable Isotope Analyses of Skeletons Dated for the Anglo-Saxon Chronology Project  Nancy Beavan, Simon Mays, Alex Bayliss, John Hines and Gerry McCormac

89/2011 Laboratory and Quality Assurance Procedures and the Queen’s University, Belfast Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory for Samples Dated for the Anglo-Saxon Chronology Project Gerry McCormac, Paula Reimer, Alex Bayliss,  Michelle Thompson, Nancy Beavan, David Brown and Stephen Hoper

Ninety five skeletons have revealed secrets of our ancestor’s lives as part of the English Heritage funded research project Anglo-Saxon England c.AD570-720, discussed in these two reports which have just been published online. This is an opportunity to not only read about the work of the team but also discover such intriguing details such as what the Anglo-Saxon’s ate, as well as the dating of bones and artefacts.

This decade long project can be read about here and here.

Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire: Aerial Investigation and Mapping of Two Possible Neolithic Enclosures by Zoe Edwards
Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire: Aerial Investigation and Mapping of Two Possible Neolithic Enclosures

41/2013 Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire: Aerial Investigation and Mapping of Two Possible Neolithic Enclosures Zoe Edwards

The discovery of a probable Prehistoric enclosure during aerial reconnaissance is explained in Zoe Edward’s report. The cropmarks indicate the complex history of a site, including mortuary enclosures, round barrow and a medieval settlement.

Zoe’s report can be read here.  

Search our database online and discover over a half a century of research for free!  See you next month for more new releases.

Kirsty Stonell Walker

Reports Administrator

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