For one month now, Archaeology 3D is involved in a large excavation project at Kerkhove (Avelgem, Belgium), where a weir will be built along the river Scheldt. The excavations are a collaboration between the Prehistoric unit of the Archaeology Department of Ghent University and GATE bvba. Approximately 8500 m² will be investigated to up to 8m below the present surface. Medieval, Roman and Prehistoric archaeological remains are expected. More information (in Dutch), photographs and videos can be found at http://archeologie-kerkhove.be/.
The entire excavation, from entire excavation surfaces to individual archaeological features, is 3D recorded, applying both handheld and UAV photography.
In this post, the progress made during the first month of excavations is visualised through a sequence of ten aerial photographs.
19 May 2015 – Removing the topsoil, an early modern drainage system (ditches) becomes visible.
27 May 2015 – Alluvial clay deposits are covering the Roman and Prehistoric levels. Early modern ditches are cutting the alluvial deposits.
29 May 2015 – Alluvial clay deposits are covering the Roman and Prehistoric levels. Early modern ditches are cutting the alluvial deposits.
04 June 2015 – Reaching the end of the clay deposits, the first indications of peat become visible.
05 June 2015 – Uncovering the top of the peat.
09 June 2015 – Uncovering the top of the peat. The first Roman features (ditches) become visible.
10 June 2015 – Uncovering the top of the peat. More Roman features appear.
18 June 2015 – Excavating the Roman features, with a possible Roman road going through the peat.
18 June 2015 – Overview image, situating the excavation in the present-day landscape along the river Scheldt.