Metal detector


Wessex Archaeology considers metal detectors an extremely valuable prospection technique, particularly when used as part of a wider suite of survey techniques (such as geophysical survey, field walking or test-pitting). Detectors are used to locate and collect metal objects from either unstripped topsoil, archaeological layers and deposits, or even excavated spoil heaps. 
The survey technique can provide excellent dating evidence to compliment artefacts found during the normal course of archaeological excavation. For the best results, a consistent and systematic approach is required for an effective survey. All finds are then 3D located using measured survey technology such as GPS or Total Stations.
We have considerable experience when incorporating the use of metal detectors in our mitigation strategies. The use of the equipment has vastly improved our knowledge and understanding of several sites such as Kingsmead Quarry, Horton and Springhead