Category Archives: Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Global Navigation Satellite Systems including Global Positioning Systems

Kingsmead Quarry, Horton

The Horton Crest, designed by Andy Sole and Gareth Chaffey and drawn by Rob Goller

The Horton Crest, designed by Andy Sole and Gareth Chaffey and drawn by Rob Goller

One of the greatest projects I’ve had the privilege of working on over the years was the excavations at Kingsmead Quarry, Horton, undertaken by Wessex Archaeology over a twelve year period from 2003-2015 prior to mineral extraction of sand and gravel on the site.

To commemorate the successful completion of the project, the team have produced The Horton Crest, designed by Andy Sole and Gareth Chaffey and drawn by Rob Goller. Continue reading

When Prehistoric Farming Begins: Kingsmead Quarry, Horton

Archaeological excavations in a quarry

Archaeological excavations in a quarry

Whilst working for Wessex Archaeology, I was privileged to play a minor part in a project which, over the course of numerous seasons of excavation, has proven to be rather exciting. Under the careful management of Gareth Chaffey and Alistair Barclay supported by a broad team of field archaeologists and other specialists, the site at Kingsmead Quarry, Horton (Berks) has given plenty of evidence for life over the last 12,000 years since the last ice age, particularly for Neolithic through to Bronze Age activities. Continue reading

Archaeological survey at Sandsfoot Castle; recording one of Henry VIII’s castles

GIM 09/2012 cover featuring Archaeological Survey at Sandsfoot Castle

GIM International, September 2012 cover featuring Archaeological Survey at Sandsfoot Castle

The latest issue of GIM International contains a feature article on one of the projects I managed for Wessex Archaeology. The article talks about some of the tools, techniques and technologies used on this and other archaeological survey projects these days.

Archaeologists nowadays have a broad range of geomatics tools and techniques available to help them in their work. Whilst measuring tapes and dumpy levels are still essential instruments found on archaeological sites across the world, many projects now include Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), robotic Total Station Theodolites (TST) and a variety of photographic and photogrammetric methods. Spatial data is then handled in 2D and 3D using CAD and GIS. These modern tools allow archaeologists to record our heritage with greater precision and faster than ever before whilst producing rich spatial data for visualisation and analysis.

For more information on the project, see the Wessex Archaeology case study.

For more information on the castle itself, see the website of the Friends of Sandsfoot Castle and the Rodwell Trail.

St Andrew’s, Holcombe – geomatics and geophysics in action!

Archaeological Survey at St Andrew’s Church, Holcombe, Somerset

Archaeological Survey at St Andrew’s Church, Holcombe, Somerset using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Total Station Theodolites (TST), Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)

There are still some places left on tomorrow’s geomatics and geophysics and RTI events over at St Andrew’s Church, Holcombe, Somerset; see the project website for full details.

And don’t forget there are a whole series of talks, opportunities to speak to some real life archaeologists and a flying demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), all on this Saturday afternoon (21st July).

Festival of British Archaeology

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Image courtesy of Callen Lenz.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Image courtesy of Callen Lenz.

This year, as part of the Festival of British Archaeology, I am very lucky to be managing a dream geomatics project which has a load of associated special events for the Festival. As a frustrated pilot and a well known geek, I love my gadgets, particularly those which fly. Well, this year, all my Christmas’s have come at once. Continue reading

Thinking beyond the tool; Archaeological computing and the interpretive process

Thinking Beyond The Tool

Thinking Beyond The Tool

It seems like so long ago now, but selected papers from TAG 2010 have now been published in the BAR publication Thinking beyond the tool; Archaeological computing and the interpretive process. Many thanks to Angeliki, Paty & Costas for all their hard work editing the volume. Continue reading

CAA 2012 Southampton

Computer applications and quantitative methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2012

CAA 2012 Southampton

CAA 2012 Southampton

The 2012 conference in rapidly approaching and next year, unlike the past few years, it is being held close to home, for me at least; hosted by the Archaeological Computing Research Group at the University of Southampton.

Geoff Avern and I are running a session looking at 3D archaeology and since the call for papers has been extended, there is still time to get a paper in should you wish to via the online submissions system. Continue reading

Survey technology in archaeology

Laser scanning

Laser scanning a historic building

Key weapons in the armoury of the 21st century archaeogeomancer include some rather magical satellite and laser based devices, which I often talk about. These fantastic devices allow archaeologists to take GIS data out into the field and record new data all with minute precision. Archaeologists have long used survey techniques and these are just the latest developments in the tools we have available. Of course, we still use measuring tapes and dumpy levels but the GNSS, laser scanners and total stations combined with these tools gives archaeologists an amazing array of tools to work with spatial data.

There’s a full account of the history of surveying techniques in archaeology over on the Wessex Archaeology computing blog, here and my talk on these technologies is below:

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