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1982 Geophysical Survey DRAX ABBEY

AML Survey Database Reference No.: 318
Survey type: Magnetometer: recorded grid: scan
Survey type: Resistivity: recorded grid
To locate monastic remains within the scheduled area.
Auspices Ancient Monuments Laboratory Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission
Archive Holder Ancient Monuments Laboratory Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission

Publications :
Full report Virtual Catalogue Entry to support E.I. Migration BARTLETT,A./1983/Geophysics: Drax Abbey (AML Rep No 3861)

1994 Management Survey DRAX POWER STATION

Walkover and documentary surveys carried out in advance of National Power's preparation for BS7750 certification.
Funding Body/Financier National Power
Auspices RPS Clouston
Archive Holder RPS Clouston

Publications :
Full report RPS Clouston [assessment & evaluation reports] Anon/1994/National Power Archaeological Study: Drax Power Station.

1997 Evaluation DRAX ABBEY FARM

Site code: DAF97. Two small trenches excavated in advance of proposed development and following a geophysical survey (EHGSDB Visit No: 1613) failed to locate any remains of the priory, but did record numerous Roman and other medieval features.
Auspices Geophysical Surveys of Bradford
Funding Body/Financier North Yorkshire County Council
Auspices Northern Archaeological Associates
Archive Holder Northern Archaeological Associates

Publications :
Full report Geophysical Surveys of Bradford/Reports Shiel D/1997/Drax Abbey, North Yorkshire: geophysical survey/Report 97/58.

Full report Northern Archaeological Associates [assessment & evaluation reports] NAA/1998/Drax Abbey Farm, North Yorkshire: archaeological evaluation/Report No 98/7.

1998-01-06 00:00:00- 2000-12-31 00:00:00 Air Photograph Interpretation RCHME: Vale of York NMP

The Vale of York project was started under the auspices of the RCHME and continued, after merger, under English Heritage. It forms part of the National Mapping Programme (NMP) and was undertaken by the Aerial Survey section in the York office. It was started in January 1998 and completed in December 2000. The area comprises 67, 1:10000 Ordnance Survey maps, or 1675 square kilometres and adjoins two other NMP areas, the Howardian Hills and Yorkshire Wolds projects. The project area lies within the counties of North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, York Unitary Authority and small parts of West Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

The aims of the project were to interpret and transcribe, at a scale of 1:10000, all archaeological features visible on air photographs, dating from prehistory to the twentieth century, including industrial and military sites. The 1:10000 transcriptions are available as overlays and as digital files, which are held in the NMRC archive in Swindon (Parent Collection Number: 1128308) and copies are also held in the York office. Data was input to NewHIS database and the Aerial Survey Recording Module. A full description of the aims, methodology, sphere of interest and products is set out in the project specification and management report.

Research topics were presented at the Vale of York Dayschool on 19 May 2001 and papers from that conference will be published in due course.

1999-04-01 00:00:00- 2000-03-31 00:00:00 Aerial Reconnaissance EH: Aerial Reconnaissance (North): 1999/00

Each year English Heritage undertake a programme of aerial reconnaissance covering the whole of England. The reconnaissance is undertaken by the two Aerial Survey teams based in the Swindon and York offices. The York office staff cover the northern counties (Cumbria, Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Cleveland, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire).

In the first quarter of the 1999-2000 flying year (01/04/99-30/06/99), poor weather conditions resulted in limited flying opportunities. Flights over Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire showed promising developing cropmarks, especially on the limestone and chalk areas, but also on the gravels in the Trent valley.

The second quarter (01/07/99-30/09/99) was highly productive in eastern England with good ground conditions. Highlights of new sites discovered include and hillfort in Nottinghamshire, a prehistoric ritual structure at the source of the Gypsey Race on the Yorkshire Wolds, and serveral new Neolithis cong barrow/mortuary enclosures in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

In the third quarter (01/10/99-31/12/99), there were a number of good flying days. Scheduled monument monitoring was undertaken in Derbyshire, particularly of mining sites. A variety of earthworks sites in North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshrire were also recorded. Photography of the Saltaire proposed World Heritage site was also undertaken.

The majority of the flying in the fourth quarter (01/01/00-31/03/00) occurred in January. Stereo oblique photography of mining remains on Bonsall Moor, Derbyshire was undertaken for the Peak District National Park Authority. A flight in February took advantage of low spring tides to photograph remanents of Bronze Age forest in the Humber estuary and more of a fishtrap complex discovered off Cleethorpes in 1998. The last flight on 30th March was undertaken principally to photograph architectural targets, but in transit, many excellent cropmarks were seen on the Yorkshire Wolds and, unusually, in the area between Hull and Beverley, suggesting that the dry and mild conditions prevalent in March have had a profound effect on crop growth.

For further information on the northern aerial reconnaissance programme contact Peter Horne in the English Heritage York office (01904 601942).
Aerial Surveyor Peter Horne English Heritage York Office
Aerial Surveyor David Macleod English Heritage York Office