Eye in the sky over Viking site

AN aerial survey is being carried out to help uncover more secrets at a Viking monument amongst the trees of Sherwood Forest.

The ancient site called Thynghowe is a mound used as a meeting spot where Viking warrior farmers gathered to discuss ‘things’.

The Friends of Thynghowe and the Forestry Commission are working together to find out more about the mound in the Birklands area of the forest.

Lynda Mallet, from the Friends of Thynghowe, who made the discovery with husband Stuart Reddish and John Wood, all from Rainworth, said the project was ‘history in the making’.

“The aircraft used LIDAR - a kind of laser radar - to look below the trees and record features on the ground,” she said. “We hope this will tell us a lot more about the site’s enigmatic past. The imagery will throw up lots of potential clues and we want more local people to join us in unravelling the story.”

Andrew Norman, from the Forestry Commission, said: “Thynghowe has lots more secrets to yield and could emerge has an even more important discovery.”

The survey was made possible with a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and will be launched at Mansfield Museum on 3rd March at 11.30am when people can come along to chat with volunteers and view photographs, maps and documents. The display will run until 28th March.