*not more than 3000 words long, excluding bibliography and appendices.
This assignment will be in the form of a report which will present the results from the practical work you have been undertaking during the module. The report will present and discuss the results of your integration and analysis of the data you have gathered for the study area. The data included in your report will have come from some or all of the following data sources: aerial photographs, LiDAR, topographic and geophysical survey, historic mapping and other documentary resources, etc. and your own field observations. The data will have been analysed and will be clearly presented. The details of each project report will depend on the choices you have made regarding the nature of the different data sets and the interpretations you have drawn from your analysis. While everyone will have similar data sets and follow a similar report format, the reports will be prepared individually and the character of each report will vary between individuals as a result of your analysis and interpretation of the available data.
The basic presentation and interpretation of the data needs to be enhanced by the development of a discussion of other related matters. You need to set out why you have chosen the particular data sets you have. For example consider such matters as:
– are there other sets of data within any one form of data which you have not included (e.g. have you included only some of the available aerial photographs) and if so why have these data not been included
– assess how coherent the data sets are for the study area
– what limitations (practical and archaeological) do you think the data sets have
– what other data sets would have been useful to include had they been available
Once you have provided an introduction explaining your selection process and the boundaries of your data set, you need to move onto your report presenting and discussing the information from these data. Your report should be structured in a clear and systematic manner. While the structure and content of each report will vary in detail depending on the analysis, interpretation and presentation, each report should contain at least (although not necessarily in the following order):
– an introduction to the landscape studied;
– the location and setting of your study area (considering matters such as topography, geology, land use, soils, etc. as far as you can ascertain);
– previous archaeological interpretations of/work on this landscape and of the setting of this landscape;
– a clear statement of aims and objectives;
– a clear account of the methods, calculations, assumptions, equipment, etc. that you employed;
– the data (i.e. original and rectified photographs, different forms of lidar data, the type of geophysical data, documents, etc.);
– representations of the data in forms that aid interpretation;
– interpretation and discussion of the data (related to the known archaeological evidence);
– a quality assessment (accuracy, effectiveness, efficiency of techniques, etc.), assessing both the quality of the original data (photos, survey data, etc.) and the quality of your processing and presentation of those data sets;
– conclusions, recommendations, etc.;
– acknowledgements, bibliography, etc.
It is important to present a report which sets out the ‘technical’ aspects of the work undertaken (the transformation of APs, processing of geophysical data, details of map regression, etc.) but which is not limited to these technical aspects, nor tries to suggest that this processing is a merely ‘mechanical’ process. While marks will of course be awarded on the processing and presentation of the data, you will equally be judged on the archaeological discussion/interpretation of that data and your consideration of further work needed to understand the landscape you have studied and of additional issues, such as management, that you have identified during your study. This needs to be a report which, while providing a clear account of the technical process, primarily focuses on the archaeology. Your report should be one which presents a detailed interpretation of the data and would provide a good basis for further fieldwork/research and/or for the development of other resources such as a management plan.
the report should show results of desk based about Beauchief Abbey by resistivity surveys. we do the resistivity surveys and all the information you will find it in the file “Beauchief Abbey INF”. also you will find another file with many sources that could help and I provide you with 5 examples of previous reports (to know how my report should looks like).