As part of a development grant funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK, Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, will travel to the Roman site of Verulamium this summer to teach a course in remote sensing for archaeologists. The grant “Sensing the late Iron Age and Roman Past: geophysics and the landscape of Hertfordshire,” awarded to Drs. Kris Lockyear and Andrew Bevan, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, supports collaborative research involving community heritage groups.

The week-long course in remote sensing will be held at Verulamium Museum and Park the week of July 8-12 and will be open to community heritage group members. In addition to Dalan, two other experts from the U.S. have been asked to serve as instructors. The project will also undertake magnetometry surveys of late Iron Age and Roman Period sites in the UK, including surveying as much of the site of Verulamium as possible.

Verulamium is the third largest Roman town in Britain. In addition to the University College London, this project is supported by the Hertfordshire Historic Environment Unit, St Albans Museums, St Albans District Council, Welwyn Hatfield Museums, the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society, the North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society, Welwyn Hatfield Young Archaeologists Club, St Albans Young Archaeologists Club, Welwyn Archaeological Society, and others.