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Llandudno Field School - 2015

In November 2015, MADU were again invited by the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) to run a two day course on Intertidal Recording for volunteers from the Ships' Timbers Maritime Museum in Llandudno.  

In addition to the wreck of the Flying Foam, and a wooden culvert on Llandudno's West Shore that was recorded during a field school in 2014, the Ships' Timbers were also looking to record a variety of sites on Llandudno's North Shore.

The North Shore sites vary from individual features (i.e. a concrete base once used for the lifeboat haul-off warp, a coping stone, an anchor, etc.) to multiple features that form part of earlier constructions (i.e. jetties, breakwaters, the original Llandudno pier, etc.). These sites lie between the high and low water mark and are spread over approximately 1km of beach.  Some of these sites are relatively modern with known historical records indicating that they date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, however there is the possibility that some of the wooden and stone remains of jetties may be associated with mining activities that took place on the Great Orme’s Head, in which case they could date back to the Roman period or even earlier.

During the course of the field school, the following topics were covered:

  2D Surveying (Offset, Trilateration, Ties and Plane Table)

  3D Surveying (DSM and Site Recorder)

  Drawing (Planning Frames)

  Photography (Aerial, Time Lapse, Photomosaics and Photogrammetry)

  Report Writing

The field school was generously funded by Cadw.

Learning how to use a Dumpy Level  Looking for the remains of the oiginal Llandudno pier
Learning how to use a Dumpy Level 

Looking for the remains of the oiginal Llandudno pier

A stone feature highlighted by weed growth, and thought to be the base of an old jetty Possible entry into the old mine workings

A stone feature highlighted by weed growth, and thought to be the base of an old jetty

Possible entry into the old mine workings
A Coping stone The local Benchmark at the entrance to the new pier

A Coping stone

The local Benchmark at the entrance to the new pier

For further information regarding the Ships' Timbers, see:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ships-Timbers/610174629025689

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