From Mon 22nd – Weds 24th Feb, Historic England’s Remote Sensing team congregated on the brewing market town of Masham for its annual team meeting. Two field trips were organised, firstly to Breary Banks, a landscape full of history, originally being the site of a navvy camp (the earthworks are still visible in the top image). It became the training camp of the Leeds pals in WWI, and practice trenches are still visible. During the later stages of the war, it became a POW camp for German officers, then finally reverted back to a navvy camp to complete the construction of local reservoirs. Part of the site is currently being excavated (University of York 2016).
This was followed by the Druid’s Temple folly – a fantastical representation of a prehistoric stone circle, commissioned by the owner of Swinton Hall in the early 19th century when a fascination with Druidism was all the rage.
I took the sunny (albeit very cold) weather to my advantage to experimentally capture 4k video footage of the second site using a Sony Alpha 7R II, combined with a Manfrotto fig-rig handheld stabiliser, or “steering wheel” as several members of the team remarked!
University of York. 2016. Breary Banks Field Project. Available: https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/research/current-projects/breary-banks/. Last accessed 26th Feb 2016