Back in May last year we posted a blog publicising the SenseFly Swinglet CAM featuring on Channel 4’s Time Team. This week was the premier of that episode. KOREC’s Mapping Consultant Martyn Palmer was on set to demonstrate the UAV and explained to Tony Robinson how it works. The Swinglet uncovered some vital clues for the project. The time team usually use helicopters to capture their aerial photography however this time opted for new technology instead.
The archaeological dig was at a school in Hertfordshire where the team try to uncover the lost palace known as The Manor of More. It was masterminded by Henry VIII’s right-hand man, the all-powerful religious leader and statesman Cardinal Wolsey, who was also responsible for Hampton Court Palace. The data that was captured from the Swinglet revealed the north end of the building which helped to determine the size of the palace.
Martin Biddle, one of the country’s most distinguished archaeologists who found the location of the palace at just 15, joins Tony and the Team as they try to piece together the complete picture of this huge palace. In its heyday, the Manor of More would have been an luxurious playground fit for royalty and state visitors. Like Hampton Court, it was built as a place in which to entertain guests.
KOREC appear 24 minutes into episode 20 which can be viewed for the next 4 weeks at Channel 4.