Archaeological Survey Techniques

The main event is a day long programme of activities to show how archaeologists use the latest survey technology as part of their work. The day long programme runs from 9.30 to 4.15 each day, Monday to Friday, and includes:

Volunteers learning to use a Total Station Theodolite (TST) at St Georges Church, Portland

  • Practical sessions using our survey equipment to record elements of the church and churchyard. This includes Global Positioning Satellite Systems (GNSS), Total Station Theodolites (TST) and Tablet computers. The hands-on sessions will record the locations of some of the churchyard monuments and an elevation of the church itself, the same techniques archaeologists use in the field to record sites and buildings. See here for more information on our metric survey techniques.

  • An experience session in Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS). This will include seeing one of the latest laser scanners in action, a talk by our archaeological surveyors and a look at some of the 3D data we capture. See here for more information on TLS.

  • A talk on aerial survey techniques including an overview of the National Mapping Programme (NMP) being overseen by English Heritage and a look at how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones are increasingly being used for archaeological purposes. See here for more information on aerial survey.

Booking in advance is essential as places are limited.  Download a booking form, more booking information on main event page.

The photo shows some volunteers learning to use a Total Station on a previous session at St George's church, Portland.