An archeological survey is currently taking place at Ripon Cathedral in connection with plans for a new building to support the work of the cathedral.

The plans, part of the multi-million pound Ripon Cathedral Renewed project, would see the provision of new facilities as well as the restoration and enhancement of some of the cathedral’s remarkable heritage.

The survey will assist in exploring the feasibility of building on the south side – enabling the cathedral to offer 21st century facilities for the benefit of the entire region and beyond. These would include a new music school, refectory and toilets.

The geophysicists use ground penetrating radar to determine what lies beneath the surface. The radar waves bounce off any changes in the ground such as soil density, thereby revealing any voids. The results are turned in to a 3D cube of the sub-surface which the scientists can then investigate.

Finnegan Pope-Carter of Bradford based Magnitide Surveys, explained that the most likely finds are known and unknown graves with the possibility of discovering earlier church footings.