Archaeology in the Dean

Many people will know the Forest as a beautiful green area, but it is only by understanding what lies beneath that you can really appreciate how the people living and working here have influenced the development of the landscape over time.

This project provides  an opportunity for local people to expand their knowledge of archaeological and other historic features so that we can build up a greater level of understanding about the heritage of the landscape.

How to Get Involved:


There will be many opportunities to get involved with this project, whether it be undertaking desk research, completing fieldwork or taking photos .

You could also:

  • Learn about archaeological techniques and undertake field and desk-based recording
  • Verify LIDAR data on the ground
  • Examine Historic Environment Record data

If you would like to get involved in this project, please contact

Forest Voluntary Action Forum tel:  01594 822073  email:

Before November 2016 this project will:

  • Lead pilot projects in four areas (Chestnut Woods (including Welshbury Hillfort) near Flaxley, Birchill Inclosure near Coleford, Great Bourts Inclosure near Lydbrook, Blackpool Brook near Blakeney) to explore some of the 1,700 LIDAR data points previously collected by Gloucestershire County Council Archaeology Service. This will enable verification of the data regarding whether these points are of archaeological significance or not.
  • Hold field survey training sessions for  volunteers who wish either to record the features indicated by the LIDAR, or to map the results of the field recording in an office-based environment.
  • Encourage people to go out and make and share a photographic record of local heritage features that they know and care about.
  • Develop a strategy  for taking forward further archaeological exploration using a variety of techniques in the delivery phase.

Between 2017 - 2022 the project will:

  • Extend the exploration of LIDAR data into more areas within the Forest.
  • Continue training sessions for volunteers in those areas.
  • Develop a plan for remedial action to conserve important sites.

Project lead:

Robin Jackson (Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology) - tel: 01905 765908 email:


Archaeology in the Dean