There is a very simple reason why archaeological investigation is such an important activity on the land we manage. Only by developing our knowledge of the many archaeological sites, historic structures and cultural landscapes in our care can we understand how best to protect, conserve and present them.
How we go about that is sometimes not so straightforward. Today, we use an array of survey techniques, including low altitude aerial photography and state-of-the-art laser scanning technology, to create amazingly detailed records. These are combined with traditional methods of excavation, written conservation statements and artistic reconstruction drawings.
Like a jigsaw, the larger picture is painstakingly built up from small pieces of evidence.