Archaeological Survey and Geomatics
Module code: AR2028
- Why is accurate surveying critical to archaeological fieldwork?
- What is geomatics?
- What are the key surveying techniques used by archaeologists and what types of data do they yield?
- How do we apply these techniques in practice?
- How do we select and apply the appropriate survey techniques, in a problem-oriented fashion, in the context of an ongoing archaeological research project?
In this module we will look at the main surveying techniques in current use within archaeology. Through a combination of detailed lectures and regular practical sessions, we will explore the full range of techniques, from tapes and compasses, total-stations, GPS, through to 3D laser scanning and digital photogrammetry together with their application in archaeology.
Practical work is an important part of this module, with regular practical sessions and a dedicated survey day when you can apply the techniques you have learned the primary recording of archaeological landscape features.
- Use of distance and angle measurements
- Basic techniques for measuring, recording and plotting elevation
- Total station survey
- 3D laser scanning and structure-from-motion
- Global positioning systems (GPS)
- 11 hours of lectures
- 9 hours of practical classes and workshops
- 12 hours of fieldwork
- 118 hours of guided independent study
- Portfolio - 4 completed survey plots, 2,000 words (60%)
- Survey report, 1,500 words (40%)