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September 2020 

Welcome to Autumn and the start of a new 'era' with WallCAP as we welcome two new members of staff to the team; Jane and Kathryn. Meet them later in the Newsletter!
Here's our updates for this month. Enjoy!

The WallCAP Team

What's New
Volunteer Home-Based GIS Research Project Update 
Thanks again to those who helped research and collect data about the forts, milecastles and turrets along the Wall during lockdown! We wanted to give you a quick update to let you know that Kathryn, the new WallCAP Project Support Officer, has been busy the last few weeks entering the data you have gathered into the project database. So far, the information has been very helpful and has made the process of populating the project GIS much quicker!  

LiDAR Storymap 
For those interested, the Environment Agency have produced a Storymap  all about LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), including the use of photography and the other remote sensing data they collect. It explains the process and the different data really well so take a look if you'd like to know more. Some of you came to our training session last year on LiDAR, if enough people are interested, we can run another session. 
Click here to read the LiDAR Storymap
Volunteer Training
Given the news that Covid restrictions are likely to be in place for the next 6 months, we have decided to provide online training sessions over the winter to keep you all engaged and enthused! We'll be in touch in the next few weeks with more information.

WallCAP Book Club
Due to the roaring success (!) of the first ever Book Club meetings held a few weeks ago, we are forging ahead with a programme of books over the winter to keep us all entertained...and away from the Christmas sweetie box! The Book Club is available for anyone to join at any time, so please let us know if you'd like to join in. The next title we will be reading is Adrian Goldsworthy, Vindolanda with a discussion meeting planned for late October.
Click here to join the WallCAP Book Club
Heritage at Risk (HAR) Activity
After a short hiatus in the HAR strand of activity, we are delighted to welcome Dr Jane Harrison to the team as our new Community Archaeologist. 

Amongst other things, Jane has been out meeting landowners and our Wall partners such as the National Trust to try and kick start the HAR strand of work and get some survey and fieldwork organised for the rest of the autumn/winter. As you can appreciate, we have lost our peak survey/fieldwork season (6 months) so we are prioritising and and re-adjusting our timetable.
"My first ever excavation was on the Wall at Segedunum, and since then I have run several community-rooted archaeological research projects, training local volunteers from Orkney to Oxfordshire. A number of those have included Roman sites, such as the ceremonial-ritual site at Marcham-Frilford in Oxfordshire, Romano-British farmsteads and burials, and sites linked to pottery manufacture.
I  am so happy to be back in the North-East and very excited to be investigating the wonderful wall again, especially within a community-focused project. I look forward to working with you all in the next months."                                                                      Jane
Stone Sourcing and Dispersal (SSD)
Blog O'Clock
This month our Community Geologist, Dr Ian Kille provides an insight into plant-based fossils in his new 'Root Causes' Blog.
Click here to read the 'Root Causes' Blog
Mystery Rock Competition!
Last month's clue (6): There is an expression much like "taking kippers to Craster" or "taking Pork Pies to Melton Mowbray" which applies to the Toon. This particular example can be found on a piece of the coast named after one of the people (there were 8 with the same name) who used to hold the same position as Elizabeth.
The answer is:

This picture for Mystery Rock 6 was taken just south of King Edward's Bay and is one of a few places on the coast where you can see an exposure of an actual coal seam. "Carry Coals to Newcastle" is a phrase that has been around since the sixteenth century referring to the coal industry in the area had been in operation since medieval times. Coal extraction goes back even further to Roman times and is a fundamental part of the area's history with some 223 thousand coal miners employed at its peak in the early 20th century.  

 
Mystery Rock Number 7!
Clue : Is it a plant or is it an animal? What has this got to do with St Cuthbert?
Answer next month!
Geo-walks
Due to the ever-changing Covid restrictions, we managed to run 50% of our Geo-walks (so, 1!) but what a fantastic day it was out at Cawfields Quarry and Haltwhistle Burn. Ian, our Community Geologist lead the way and showed us what the rocks that were used to make Hadrian’s Wall look like in their original pre-Roman setting. Across much of the length of the Wall the rocks are obscured by glacial material, soil and buildings, particularly in the west, so one of the best places to explore the rocks besides the coast is in river cuttings and quarries. We will run this session again, probably in the Spring.
Meet the Team
In this section we usually take the opportunity to get to know each other a bit better!
This month we're delighted to introduce Kathryn Murphy, our new Project Support Officer (the new 'Nicky'!)
"A family holiday to Hadrian’s Wall and Vindolanda during high school very much inspired me to become an archaeologist and the region was the primary focus of my research throughout my undergraduate degree. I moved from Canada to the UK in 2015 to complete my MSc in GIS & Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. I did some teaching and demonstrating at the university after my degree, a stint in commercial archaeology in Cambridgeshire, and then worked at the Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record for the last couple of years. My interest in Roman frontiers has continued throughout all of this, although my research has moved a little bit further north, using various GIS analysis methods to better understand the network of Roman military sites in Scotland and how this allowed the Romans to control the landscape. More generally, I am interested in the use and application of technical methods in archaeology and how they can help us answer archaeological problems and queries. I’m very excited to be joining the WallCAP team and coming back to my archaeological roots. Looking forward to meeting all of you once we’re able to, but in the meantime, feel free to get in touch about all things GIS and mapping!"
Kathryn
And Finally.....
Revamp of the Volunteer Portal
Our external web design team have been helping us re-vamp the Volunteer Portal, including the registration and actual user pages. Hopefully you'll see some (positive) changes in there shortly!

That's it for September. Stay safe and stay entertained.

The WallCAP Team
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