Archaeology Index

Kite Aerial Remote Sensing

Register of Kite Aerial Photographers

Rosie Wells' Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme (SNAPS)

The West Lothian Archaeological Trust was formed on the 19th April 2012 and registered as Scottish Charity No. SC043118 on the 26th April 2012. The Trust was established to formalise West Lothian Archaeology which was formed in 2010, having been known informally, since 2007, as West Lothian Aerial Archaeology, which in turn was closely associated with the History of Armadale Association. In England, the Trust operates under the name of Stroud Aerial Archaeology.



John Wells  DPhil (Oxon)   

Radiation physicist / biologist (retired)


LiDAR image of Caerwent


Trust Archaeologist and Secretary

Jim Knowles MSc (Bradford)   

Archaeological Scientist / Archaeological Geophysicist



Cade Wells EngD (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Heriot Watt)


Former Trustees

Rosie Wells BA (Warwick), PGCE (Oxon)  2012-2013


In May 2013, the Trust launched the Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme and was invited to be an Associated Partner of "ArchaeoLandscapes Europe" (ArcLand), part of the European Union's Culture Programme.

In April 2014, the Trust set up a Facebook page on Kite Aerial Remote Sensing. In 2016, the Trust became a member of ArchaeoLandscapes International.



The Trustees would like to thank West Lothian Councillor John McGinty and West Lothian Library and Heritage/Museum Services for their support.

The Trustees would also like to thank the West of Scotland Archaeology Service, and Martin O'Hare in particular for his consistent, meticulous advice and support and also the RCAHMS (now HES) for their support and partnership and Historic Scotland (now HES), especially the Rangers, for inviting us to work alongside them at public events.

Thanks, as always, to our friends at the Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society and the History of Armadale Association.

Our kite aerial photography display boards produced in 2012 by West Lothian Council


The Trust also hosts the pages of  The History of Armadale Association and  The West Lothian History and Amenity Society 

Scottish Charity No. SC043118

Annual Report