Digital Heritage Services – what we do

Laser scanning Stonehenge

The team from Wessex Archaeology including Paul Cripps (left) pioneering Terrestrial Laser Scanning techniques at Stonehenge over a decade ago.

Specialising in heritage information systems, particularly spatial database systems, GIS and spatial data capture systems, Archaeogeomancy offers everything from initial advice and consultancy through training and support arrangements to systems development from specification and design through to implementation and beyond.

Since 2001, through employment with some of the UK’s major heritage organisations, Archaeogeomancy’s lead staff have developed a solutions based, process driven approach to scenarios involving the creation, management, use and archiving of digital heritage data, especially spatial data. Now we can offer a range of digital heritage and geomatics services on a freelance, commercial basis.

Working through a diverse range of projects and situations has provided the experience and expertise needed to innovate and get the best results and outcomes for clients of all kinds.

Keeping firmly abreast of the latest technologies and and pushing forward heritage applications of them, Archaeogeomancy maintains an active research profile and uses this to contribute to broader heritage agendas, research frameworks, standards and guidance.

With an extensive network of like-minded specialists and contacts across the heritage sector, Archaeogeomancy can form a key partner in forming larger teams to deliver on projects large or small.

Key projects & experience

Laser scanning Roman pottery

Laser scanning Roman pottery

The following projects were undertaken for previous employers as indicated in italics:

Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Project, road scheme and visitor centre proposals (various) – Undertook the spatial modelling and analysis for the Environmental Impact Assessment for the road schemes and visitor centre proposals from 2002 (Wessex Archaeology, English Heritage). Also provided maps and data for submissions as part of planning process and expert advise to the EH Stonehenge Curatorial Team on evidence submitted to Public Inquiries (English Heritage)

Condition Surveys (various) – designed and implemented various mobile GIS field data capture / validation systems for monitoring projects (Wessex Archaeology)

Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Surveys – data management protocols. (Wessex Archaeology)

Amphora Project – design and implementation of Database Management System (DBMS) for AHRC funded research project including liaison with Archaeology Data Service (ADS) to implement online resource (University of Southampton)

National Mapping Programme projects (various) – data capture and validation tools. (Wessex Archaeology)

Stonehenge & Avebury Revised Research Framework (SARRF) – chapter on GIS (Avebury Archaeological & Historical Research Group)

Introduction to GIS for archaeologists – a one day training course which for a number of years was included in the Masters in Landscape Archaeology (MALA) course at the University of Bristol. The course has also been delivered to students at the University of Manchester.

Revelation and Ontological Modelling Project – data modelling, process modelling, ontology development, technical reporting. (English Heritage)

Stonehenge & Avebury World Heritage Site GIS – data management, spatial analysis, reporting, cartography. (English Heritage)

Local Development Frameworks – design and implementation of assessment system for data capture, reporting and cartographic outputs. (Wessex Archaeology)

Laser Scanning projects (various) – castles, churches, earthworks using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS); commissioning, processing and analysis of Airborne Laser Scan (ALS) data; close range laser scanning (CRLS) of archaeological finds (Wessex Archaeology)

Reflectance Transformation Imaging of flint artefacts

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) of flint artefacts

Historic Environment Records (various) – installations of management systems (HBSMR), setup of Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) projects, support, training (User and Administrator courses), development (exeGesIS SDM)

Course Coordinator for MSc Spatial Technologies in Archaeology – Teaching Fellow and Archaeology department Systems Administrator (University of Southampton)