27 March 2011

Into The Mystic


Lower Saxony, Germany.
March 2011.

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun

(Van Morrison - Into The Mystic)


The first field trip this spring was a success. It was a lot of fun to work outside and we've made a lot of progress surveying some of the megalithic tombs of Lower Saxony. I spent most of the day operating a Leica Total Station (pictured above) while a buddy held up the reflector. Another student carried out a GPS survey of all the stones in the area. A group consisting of our tutor and three fellow students spent four hours trying to get an Ilris 3D scanner to work - such is archaeology, sometimes the equipment lets you down.

I've volunteered to take part in future field trips to the area. The site is located in the Lüneburg Heath, which is a popular tourist destination in Northern Germany. It's a great place to spend a day outdoors.

Have a nice weekend.

- Dom

10 comments:

Rachel said...

Looks like fun! I wanna go to Germany haha. I have a cousin in Berlin, maybe I should do it!

Dominic Doherty said...

You should come. Berlin is awesome... there's so much going on and lots of places to see.

T. Becque said...

That just sounds like fun, lucky you!

Dominic Doherty said...

It is a lot of fun indeed. :-)

donnie said...

survey equipment has got more bleepy and beepy since i worked at it - did lots of my surveys with a plane table :)

Dominic Doherty said...

Well, Donnie... the times they are a-changin'! :-)

AB said...

A mystical theodolite?

Dominic Doherty said...

No, but the whole site does feel quite mystical. There are six or seven megalithic graves. Hopefully I'll get better pictures of the graves themselves on the next field trip.

LUMAHO said...

die Schärfe ist klasse, bei dem oberen, mit dem "Vermessungshelfer" auf der anderen Seite ...

Dominic Doherty said...

Danke Manfred! Freut mich, dass es dir gefällt.