Our interdisciplinary team of archaeologists, historians, and archivists aims to create digital maps to bring together a number of important research elements and, thus, shine light on the historical and environmental conditions at and near the Herstmonceux estate.
We have begun to use ArcGIS online and Google Earth Pro to prepare a series of public images, videos, and interactive maps.
The two maps presented here demonstrate the value that overlapping historical records with geographical data has in ensuring that historical events are correctly interpreted.
Map 1: Likely Medieval Flood Patterns in and around the Herstmonceux Estate.
This map overlays the UK Environment Agency Flood Alert Areas with information about sewer maintenance from a 1396 Inquest, and the recorded acreage of land lost due to flooding.
Be sure to click on the Layers button, to adjust the image components.
Map 2: This map brings together Environment Flood Alert data and instances of historical flooding to reveal the ancient coastline of the Pevensey levels as they existed before extensive medieval land reclamation efforts.
Records of flooding from the fourteenth century, and a late fourteenth century sewer inquest are included to add context to this fragile coastal system.
Click on the centre bar to move it back and forth and see the contrast in coastline.
For more information on the application of this type of analysis, watch this lecture clip from the 2016 Waterloo “Climates of Change: Medieval Climate Change and Land Use” Conference.