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Digitally-assisted surface survey

Bevan, AH; (2002) Digitally-assisted surface survey. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter considers the methods by which archaeological surface survey and collection are conducted and explores how new technologies can assist in this endeavour. Digital equipment is becoming an increasingly essential element in the surveying process. To make best use of these new tools, it is important to have a good idea of the overall aims of a given survey. With these aims in mind, careful consideration can be given to the contexts in which specific tools may be helpful and also where they might be employed inappropriately. The following discussion is divided into three parts. The first briefly outlines modern survey methods, emphasising the range of scales at which such activities operate. The second introduces the current range of digital hardware and tools that can be deployed to improve or speed up survey work and describes in general terms how such tools work. The third part returns to the different scales of survey method and identifies where and how digital tools might be harnessed at each level.

Type:Working / discussion paper
Title:Digitally-assisted surface survey
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
Additional information:This paper was accepted in 2002 for an edited volume, Practical Archaeology, which was never published.
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Institute of Archaeology

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