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Earthwork surveys

The first stage of archaeological investigation on many non-arable rural sites is often topographical survey, especially where earthworks are visible or suspected.

Sometimes earthworks are in low relief or partially hidden by high grass and other vegetation. These may be difficult to discern with the naked eye.

The GPS technique utilises a rapid automated sampling procedure along regularly-spaced transects. In this manner, subtle changes in the landscape may be recorded. The results may be produced graphically as contour image or 3D Digital Terrain Model (DTM), an increasingly popular tool to assist in archaeological site analysis.

Contour survey of prehistoric earthwork at Piles Coppice, Warwickshire

Survey of prehistoric earthwork at Piles Coppice, Warwickshire

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