Gloucestershire and West Lothian Aerial Archaeology

John Wells DPhil (Oxon) CBiol FRSB FSRP

Armadale (Scotland) & Stroud (England)

Retired research radiation physicist and biologist



Archaeological Aerial Thermography and Near Infrared Photography

A short outline with examples, old and new, and a footnote on ultraviolet aerial photography.

John and the late Rosie Wells are the yellow dots (Cairnpapple 2011)

Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme 2013-2016

Helicopter aerial photo over Bussage village

Family outing in a helicopter over our village, Bussage, Gloucestershire, in the 1980s.

Archeoscan Excavation of a Roman building at Nesley Farm, Gloucestershire, in 2011.

John is on the right and Rosie is out of shot flying the kite.

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A section from one of six West Lothian Council display boards from 2012.

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Archaeological Aerial Thermography and Near Infrared Photography

Stratford Court Playing Fields following a light shower of rain earlier in the day, Stroud, Gloucestershire, in April 2016.

West Lothian Aerial Archaeology

Archive 2007-2018

with Cade Wells

Left to Right - Rosie, Cade and John Wells, Jim Knowles and Heidi (Wells) Walker on Cairnpapple in 2012.

Gloucestershire Aerial Archaeology

with Heidi Walker

Heidi 'Wing' Walker

Heidi preparing for another way to take aerial photos in North Cerny, Gloucestershire.


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A Simple Aerial Photography Kit

The simplest way to start kite aerial photography is with an ActionCamera, selfie stick and ~1m2, or larger, kite. A larger ~3m/9ft delta with fuzzy tail is a good general purpose kite, eg 1 & 2.

GoPro type set-up and variant for a phone, with or without a Flir One thermal imager which must be secured, eg with PVC tape. The larger stick has lockable sections.


Heidi, John and Cade.