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Van Walt ‘in the field’


In the mud at Glastonbury

Take an ancient archaeological site, which is partially submerged, a group of researchers and put them in Glastonbury and - you guessed it – the result - lots of mud!

Researcher, Louise Jones, MSc Geoarchaeology student and Professor Martin Bell, from the school of human and environmental sciences, University of Reading are working on a project with English Heritage to establish what impact the soil conditions are having on the long term sustainability of this prehistoric site.

Using Van Walt’s TDR tube probe for soil moisture measurements the team will establish the true moisture content of the soil by taking accurate readings at different points around the site, the results of which will help them plan the next phase of the preservation of the site.


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