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JMHS offers a wide range of non-intrusive survey techniques, generally as part of a wider programme of site evaluation.


Field-walking Survey is an evaluation technique based on the collection of artefacts from a ploughed field. This allows areas of archaeological significance to be rapidly located and characterised, and often forms part of a wider landscape survey.


Geophysical Survey is a ground-based physical sensing technique used for archaeological imaging or mapping of subsurface features. A range of methods can be commissioned to suit the individual needs of specific projects. These include Resistivity, Magnetrometry and Ground- penetrating Radar. More information about these techniques can be found here.


Remote Sensing is group of stand-off collection techniques, some related to geophysical survey, used for archaeological imaging, mapping and prediction of larger areas. These include aerial photographic and satellite imagery analysis, and Lidar and Radar elevation modelling.


Photographic Survey is sometimes required as part of historic landscape studies or built environment recording. We are able to provide 35mm film, Medium format film and digital survey tailored to specific requirements.


JMHS also offers an aerial mast photography system. This near to ground unit operates at a height of 15m allowing large areas to be surveyed with exceptional quality.


Topographical and Earthwork Survey is where the existing ground surface and any surviving earthworks or historical landscape features are recorded accurately with GPS or Total Station Theodolite.



Field -walking Survey


Geophysical Survey Data


Lidar Image

We have successfully employed these techniques on numerous projects throughout Britain, in many cases as a preliminary to further field work. Such work has often seen substantial savings to developers both in cost and time, as potential areas of archaeology are quick identified and dealt with.