Searching for the Cook Family Cottage

What a change from yesterday. A bitterly cold wind. Helped out this morning with an archaeological survey in a small copse where it is thought the cottage was in which the young James Cook lived. The site is on National Trust land close to Aireyholme Farm where Cook’s father was employed as a farm labourer. Two surveys were planned, an earth resistance survey, which shows the moisture in the ground and a magnetic survey, where anomalies in the earth’s magnetic field caused by disturbed soils or decayed organic materials are indicated. As it happened the site is directly on the Cleveland Dyke, a seam of whinstone, volcanic rock which obscured any potential anomalies. So only the electrical survey was completed. Results to follow.

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