To dowse is to search, with the aid of simple hand held tools such as V or Angle Rods for features otherwise hidden from view or knowledge. Dowsing is most commonly known by most people in association with searching for underground water. What is less known is that dowsing can be also used for searching for underground features such as archaeological remains.
Between the 9th and 10th May visitors and volunteers to Lower Brockhampton took part and contributed towards a dowsing survey of the grounds around the house, chapel and orchard. Using either metal or hazel rods individuals of all ages under the guidance and instruction of Fay Palmer and Ced Jackson of the British Society of Dowsers went in search of buried features of potential archaeological interest such as buildings, ditches and roadways.
The location of each feature discovered was marked on a map, this will then serve to aid in deciding where to place the excavation later in July.
Thank you to all of you who filled out one of our evaluation forms over the course of the dowsing weekend event. These forms are very important to the project as it is through them that the Heritage Lottery Fund are able to evaluate our progress. The results for this event were all very positive – thank you again.