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Archaeological GPR Surveys

An Archaeological GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) survey can identify many archaeological features without the need for intrusive/destructive excavation methods. These include, but are not limited to, building foundations, ditches, pits, fortifications, burial activity, layer stratigraphy, floors and even the layout of towns.

Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, Viking and Norman are just a few examples of how humans, throughout time, have left our mark on the landscape.  The landscape is littered with the past and this can cause problems for future developments and/or research. Many of these archaeological features may remain otherwise undetected, or require destructive excavation techniques, to discover, record, or preserve without geophysical methods of surveying.

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Archaeological GPR Surveys

Archaeology is an integral platform for understanding where we have come from, so we can better understand where we are going. It is all around us and is under constant threat from modern building activities. It is important to ensure it is catalogued, recorded (and where possible) protected for future generations to appreciate their part in history. It is because of this importance that non-destructive and non-intrusive methods are paramount in effectively mapping these sites.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) has always been integral to the search for Archaeology. In recent years, GPR has been developed to create more efficient systems of data collection and post-site analysis using ever advancing software.


Buckland Rings multivallate Iron Age hillfort (examples of round houses, pits, internal divisions, entranceways, trackways & post holes)

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Survey to Detect and Map Archaeology

The GPR systems employed by KB GPR Surveys provide a high level of versatility, performance and produce results which are industry leading.

KB GPR Surveys have developed GPR from an understated and limited system into an accurate, versatile and thorough geophysical method.

With possession of a multitude of GPR antenna frequencies including 2.7GHz, 1GHz, 400MHz and 200MHz antenna, KB GPR Surveys can detect and map archaeological features at a variety of depths and in countless environments.

Through coupling the GPR equipment with state-of-the-art GPS technology, highly accurate positioning and mapping of archaeological features is a genuine reality.


Area of multi-phase occupational and industrial activity (examples of circular features, pits, clay wall foundations, a potential manmade dock, and a potential romano-british enclosure ditch)


GPR Survey to detect buried archaeology

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) uses electromagnetic pulses to accurately detect the positions of subterranean features including walls, voids, layer stratigraphy, floors, graves and many other buried physical anomalies which may otherwise remain undetected or would require destructive excavation techniques to perform the same function.

Advanced GPR processing software allows collected data to be calibrated and filtered to produce 3D depth slices of the recorded archaeology. These 3-dimensional representations can be visually stunning, but more importantly allow for the archaeological remains to be interpreted in a wider context without the need for intrusive methods to be utilised.

GPS coupling with GPR means that the accuracy for archaeological mapping is to within centimetres. This increases the assurance of correct cataloguing and positioning of archaeological areas of interest.


Bronze Age Fancy Barrow cremation enclosure (part of a ritualistic ceremonial landscape prehistoric peoples would have used and part of a wider barrow cemetery)

What this means for the archaeology and future generations

Due to GPR providing a high level of accuracy, incredible imagery, non-intrusive interpretation and minimal or no environmental damage on site, KB GPR Surveys can ensure that Archaeology can be protected and recorded for future generations to benefit. It is understandable that due to an ever-expanding society, sometimes the past must be removed for the future to become reality. Whether the archaeology remains intact or is appropriately recorded for conscientious development of the area, KB GPR Surveys provide an impressive GPR service to allow for decisions to be made professionally based on accurate mapping and interpretation.

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