Geophysical Survey

Our Archaeological and land surveying service undertake and manage geophysical surveys for sites of all sizes.  The geophysical survey uses a machine which detects items below the surface. A geophysical survey is often complemented by fieldwalking and metal detector survey to provide a detailed understanding of the archaeological potential of a site and to allow a targeted and cost-effective approach to any intrusive investigations that could be required.

We recommend that clients get in touch with us when a project first commences, prior to the submission of a planning application.  In some situations, it may be more cost effective to undertake trial trenching instead of undertaking a geophysical survey, we can advise on the best methods for every case.

The results of a good geophysical survey can be used to inform a decision on the location, scale and necessity of any further, intrusive site investigation. Gradiometer (magnetometer) survey is frequently the most cost-effective method of non-intrusive investigation, enabling large areas to be covered quickly. We can also provide resistivity (resistance) survey and ground penetrating radar (GPR).

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