Detection of Archaeological Residues using remote sensing

Techniques (DART)

'Diurnal experiments at Cirencester (16July 2102). We proposed a thermal imaging experiment at the RAC in Cirencester. This was originally instigated after viewing the diurnal temperature variations from the embedded probes and wondering what the impact of the vegetation canopy would be on any sensor. This was given life with follow up conversations with John and Rosie Wells (West Lothian Archaeology).' Ant Beck

Harnhill Manor Farm

Royal Agricultural University

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Archaeology Index

18-22 June 2012

Cherry Copse

The scaffolding goes up at Cherry Copse while David Stott considers alternative employment as a highly qualified grass strimmer.


John preparing the PathFindIR for mounting on the scaffolding.

It did not look this high from the ground!


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The temperature calibrated thermal imager (left) and the PathFindIR thermal imager on the scaffolding.

The PathFindIR was connected to a battery power source (through a voltage stabiliser) and digital video recorder (on the chair) with 21m of power/signal cable. A small personal video recorder (on top of the DVR) was used as a monitor. A generator powered the DVR and PVR.



The neighbours ignore our presence.


Doreen Boyd (and Dave in the near infra-red (720nm filter).



Near infra-red image of the site of the in-filled experimental ditch with the left (East) side well delineated.

(Not to be confused with thermal imaging - thermal data being analysed)

Not quite as marked in the strimmed area.  

(Modified Fuji F30 compact camera)



Quarry Field


Dave (Leeds Uni.), John (WLA Trust), Graham Ferrier (Hull Uni.), Ant (Leeds Uni.) and Tom Smith (Imperial College)

At this point, Dave and Ant had been taking still thermal images from the top of scaffolding continuously for ~48 hours.


Anthony Beck takes a break to fly the team's new Arducopter (supplier).


Near IR images

Area on the eastern side of the strimmed area. Area on the western side of the strimmed area.

Central vertical line of increased growth corresponding to the in-filled experimental ditch.