Posted by: rockrich | March 10, 2011

A Chev-In the right direction

The 2nd  of the CSI training events took place on 23rd / 27th February when Mike Short imparted his geological knowledge and led his fellow volunteers on a tour of the Chevin Forest Park Geology Trail on Otley Chevin.  This whistle stop tour took in about 315 million years of the area’s geological history. So if you want to know your cross bedding from your soft sediment deformation, and your variscan orogeny from your Pennine anticline then just ask a CSI Volunteer!

Mike Short explains Tidal Lamination (Image by Colin Beecham)

Thanks Mike, and to all those who attended the events.

Posted by: Rockarty | February 14, 2011

Headline News

CSI: Rombalds Moor has been hitting the local headlines with stories in the Ilkley Gazette, the Yorkshire Post, and the Bradford Telegraph & Argus. See the links to the online versions in Press Coverage in the right hand column. We especially like the cartoon in the T & A (printed version only).

Posted by: Rockarty | February 7, 2011

When is a slope not a slope?

That was one of many questions tackled by the CSI volunteers during the first Fieldwork Training Day. After a morning of classroom presentations covering the use of the CSI Recording Form we all braved the wet and windy weather and the muddy paths, for a ‘hands on’ session looking at rock art in the Backstone Beck area of Rombalds Moor. Despite the (fairly typical) conditions everyone stayed cheerful and enjoyed getting to grips with compasses, GPSs, and grain size charts. After an exploration of the immediate landscape, including the prehistoric enclosure which surrounds the three panels, everyone had a go at drawing a Location Sketch – with varying results! Not to worry – there will be plenty of chance to get in some practice during the trial recording phase planned for April and May.

Fieldwork training at Backstone Beck 6
Fieldwork training at Backstone Beck 6 (Thanks to Colin Beecham for the image)
Posted by: Rockarty | December 16, 2010

Volunteers meet up and measure tables!

On 11th Dec, 29 eager volunteers gathered together for the first time to hear what challenges awaited them as CSI ‘field agents’. The workshop, led by the CSI project team, included plenty of opportunities to meet fellow participants, and to find out more about the work that lies ahead. Sessions covered ‘How to recognise rock art’, with a practice quiz, revealing that some cup marks may have quite natural, geological origins, and others quite ‘unnatural’ ones – such as bullets! 

Volunteers were also shown how the recording process involved both accurate measurements and more subjective assessments, and they had a go themselves, recording not rock art, but the table they were sitting at. This produced some interesting discussions about the extent of chewing gum coverage, and the composition of the laminate surface! Another activity got everyone thinking about how all the different activities of the project would fit together, resulting in some very creative flow diagrams which include plenty of tea breaks and meetings in the pub!

It was great to meet everyone, and we hope all the volunteers enjoyed the day and were inspired to get out and visit some rock art over Christmas before we reconvene in the New Year for some more formal training sessions.

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Posted by: Rockarty | November 11, 2010

We’re underway!

We’ve finally started! A big thank you to everyone who turned out on Saturday for the project launch – around 100 people were crammed into the Church Hall, and almost as many joined the guided walk in the afternoon. It was great to see such an enthusiastic response, and reassuring to know that we’ll have no trouble recruiting willing and able participants.

Paul Bryan from English Heritage adds new dimensions to rock art recording!

Hopefully everyone now has a good idea of what the project is all about and the various ways you can contribute. So get those application forms filled in and returned (remember the deadline is the 19th Nov.) If you have any questions about the forms or any other aspect of the project, just get in touch with Gavin Edwards – or call on 01943 600066.

We look forward to receiving your forms and will do our best to ensure that everyone can be involved in some capacity, but logistics and costs will limit the number of people who we can train and equip for some of the roles.

Guided walk around the moor with Gavin Edwards

Posted by: Rockarty | October 14, 2010

Launch Event Programme

Things are beginning to take shape in preparation for the formal project launch on 6th November. We’ve been talking to all the various parties involved, gathering information, and planning a training programme for the team we hope to recruit. The Northumberland and Durham Rock Art Pilot Project (2004-2008) taught us a lot about what works (and what doesn’t!),  so we have been drawing on our combined experiences to make sure CSI: Rombalds Moor is a both productive project and a rewarding experience for those taking part.

Here is the Launch event programme. Hope to see you all there!

Posted by: Rockarty | September 20, 2010


Welcome to the first blog of the CSI: Rombalds Project! 

The CSI Team are now busy preparing for the project launch event, which will be held in Ilkley on 6th November. In the morning,  the team plus invited experts will present an introduction to British rock art, and talk about the way it is recorded and managed. They will explain the aims and objectives of the CSI: Rombalds Project and outline the kinds of roles volunteers will be invited to play, from taking measurements, drawing, and writing descriptions of rock art panels in the field, to photography, photogrammetry, image processing, and data entry. After lunch there will be a guided walk to visit some nearby rock art.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved will be asked to apply via a form which will be available at the event or from Gavin Edwards at

More details of the launch event to follow!

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