LiDAR event this week at Shorne

A LiDAR event is happening in the park grounds on Friday 12th April. We will be ground truthing to investigate the lumps and bumps found in the park from a previous LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) survey.

Results from a previous survey at Shorne Woods Country Park

Please note: Events are free but there is a car parking charge. Everybody is welcome but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are subject to last minute change (weather etc.)

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North Kent Nature Reserves Survey

The North Kent Nature Reserves have a survey running at the moment. If you have a few moments then please click above to go through to the survey and comment about the archaeology and history of the area. As you can see from the map below, the core area covers our home at Shorne and our Cobham Landscape Detectives project area.

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Isle Heritage Event – March 18

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LiDAR and Ground Truthing family event

The next main event will be held on Friday 12th of April.

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) works the way sonar does underwater but above ground, mapping the lumps and bumps on the land surface.

Ground truthing is physically investigating the lumps and bumps to try to identify what they are.

We are planning two sessions, one starting at 10am and the second at 1pm. The first part of the session (10-15 minutes) will involve looking at the LiDAR survey of the park and the rest will be spent out and about in the park ‘ground truthing’ the results. Each session will last about two hours.

What might be revealed? WW2 camp remains, windmill bases, medieval buildings or field systems or something even older?

This event is aimed at families which is why it’s in the school holidays (although all are welcome). As with all SWAG events it is free* and although not essential, you are advised to book your place by contacting us on so we can assess numbers and contact you if we need to postpone the event because of bad weather.

*Parking fees apply and children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Half-term and upcoming events

The half-term event at Shorne went well. Over 190 families turned up! Here’s a photo of the pot collage, created with the recorded (and discarded) pottery from the Cobham village project.

pottery collage

We have a general timetable for the archaeology activities for the rest of the year (see below). If you haven’t joined us in the past but fancy something new please contact us for more details at

February – Trosley walk over.

March – Back to the plateau!

April – Resitivity in Gravesend ; LiDAR/Groundtruthing event at Shorne.

May – Shorne Open Day,  SWAG display boards, finds etc.

June – Mote Park project; Plus dig in Gravesend Dig tbc.

July – Festival of Archaeology weekend; Trosley Open Day and community dig day; Festival of Archaeology event at Greenwich.

August – Shorne Family Fun Day (back by popular demand!) includes tile making, sand “finds pit” dig, mosaic making; Higham foreshore walk; Holiday activities at Shorne includes dowsing, resitivity, metal detecting.

October – Shorne Halloween finds pit.

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