Archaeological Survey

The following Guidance Sheets provide a guide to the basic field survey techniques and methodologies adopted by the Riches of the Earth project. The survey methodology adopted by this project has been selected due to its simplicity and its non-reliance on expensive technical instruments.

Further Reading

  • Bettess, F. 1992. Surveying for Archaeologists. Durham: Department of Archaeology, University of Durham.
  • Dockrill, S.J., Bond, J.M., Turner, V.E. and Brown, L.D. 2007. Old Scatness Excavation Manual. A case study in archaeological recording. Lerwick: Shetland Amenity Trust.
  • Eastmead, S. 2012. Landscape Surveying using Handheld GPS Receivers. Swaledale: Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group.
  • English Heritage guides to archaeological recording (i.e. Understanding Archaeological Landscapes).
  • British Archaeological Jobs Resource Guides.

Downloadable Resources

GS1 - Basic field survey techniques

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GS2 - The automatic level

(265KB pdf)

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GS3 - Preparing Google Earth imagery for fieldwalking

(232KB pdf)

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GS4 - Fieldwalking using Google Earth imagery

(89KB pdf)

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GS5 - Recording individual features

(285KB pdf)

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GS6 - Using handheld GPS units

(92KB pdf)

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Field survey recording form

(143KB pdf)

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Feature recording form

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Aerial photography recording form

(31KB pdf)

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