Wessex Archaeology’s geoservices team brings together geophysics, geomatics and geoarchaeology experts to allow us to provide specialist input into projects and deliver a range of services to our clients. The unique collection of expertise within the geoservices team has a common theme of applying Earth Science techniques to a wide range of archaeological projects, whether they are above ground, below ground or under water.
With over 20 staff from a variety of academic backgrounds, and with industry experience covering the engineering, marine survey, metric survey and consultancy sectors, our team can be trusted to design pragmatic solutions to fit the project brief and budget.    
This in-house expertise helps our clients through the planning process by understanding their needs to rapidly address the cultural heritage aspects of a site, whether through geophysical or geoarchaeological surveys for the pre-determination stage of a project, or by efficiently complying with planning conditions or consents during the development of a project with palaeoenvironmental assessments, or the geophysical monitoring of sites.
Key Capabilities
Marine geophysics
  • Advice on survey specifications
  • Offshore client representative for archaeological surveys
  • Data audit/Quality Control (QC)
  • Data interpretation for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
  • Acquisition of geophysical data for archaeological-based surveys
  • Wreck surveys using sidescan sonar & magnetometer
  • Wreck surveys using multibeam echosounder
  • Submerged landscape investigation using sub-bottom profilers & geotechnical survey data
  • Archaeological assessment of marine UXO data
  • Data assessment for monitoring surveys and exclusion zones
  • Data assessment for landfall surveys
Terrestrial Geophysics
  • Foreshore surveys
  • Rapid record scanning surveys for large areas
  • Detailed gradiometer surveys for planning applications/EIA’s
  • Geophysical surveys for linear schemes
  • Geophysical surveys for renewable developments 
  • Scheduled monument surveys
  • Churchyard/graveyard surveys 
  • GPR and ERT surveys for landscape assessments
  • Geophysical surveys for targeting borehole surveys
Geoarchaeology & Environmental Archaeology
  • Desk-based & field surveys to assess site potential
  • Sampling strategy design & implementation
  • Specialist sampling in the field
  • Borehole & auger surveys
  • Palaeoenvironmental assessment & analysis
  • On- & off-site geoarchaeological interpretation & advice
  • Environmental sample processing
  • Palaeoenvironmental assessment
  • Palaeoenvironmental analysis
  • Deposit modelling
  • Scientific Dating
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Or contact Paul Baggaley (email)

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