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Location: 50°34'40.5"N 3°48'42.3"W
Recently archaeologists from Dartmoor Nation Park Authority set about digging in two fields at Widecombe-In-The-Moor looking for the lost manor of North Hall. When I read about this in one of their newsletters I contacted the NPA archaeologist, Andy Crabb to ask if he would be interested in some drone photographs and photogrammetry of the site. Andy jumped at the chance so I volunteered to come along and record their dig.
The excavation aimed to locate the medieval manor house of North Hall and they believe they have now done so as reported in the Western Morning News.
Previously features have been seen in one of the fields from aerial photography dating to the Second World War. Andy was keen to see if anything can be seen from the air today and whether photogrammetry might shed any further light on the potential locations of the manor.
I flew my DJI Phantom over each field with the camera pointing straight down and taking photos every two seconds. I then took close up photos over each trench. The photos were then processed using Autodesk Recap and Agisoft Photoscan into large 3D meshes and textures. The full data set has been uploaded to the Heritage3D section of my website for all to view and use.
I will leave the interpretation of the data I produced to professional archaeologists and I hope it is of use in their understanding of North Hall.