Terrestrial Remote Sensing

Historic England experts investigate how geophysics and other specialist survey techniques can be used to learn more about heritage assets.

Archaeological remains still buried under the ground can be revealed by geophysical techniques such as magnetometry, resistivity and ground penetrating radar.

Laser scanning and various forms of photogrammetry are used to accurately record in three dimensions buildings, monuments and artefacts. The 3D data is used to create plans, elevations and visualisations to help management, research and illustration.

  • Geophysical Survey

    Geophysical survey detects past human activity beneath the ground and plays a vital role in the discovery and understanding of archaeological sites.

  • Geophysical Techniques

    A range of geophysical methods are used in archaeology: magnetometer survey, earth resistance and ground penetrating radar.

  • Specialist Survey Techniques

    Historic England use a range of specialist survey techniques (Photogrammetry, SfM and laser scanning etc) as an essential part of any heritage project

Archaeological Investigation