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UAV and Topographic surveys

Archaeological Services can conduct a variety of surveys by deploying our Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), including detailed topographic surveys, historic building recording and landscape aerial photographic survey. For large area surveys, programmed flight paths are used to create detailed composite images.

We can produce photogrammetric models, videos and aerial photographs in either oblique or plan views. These can be used to support other surveys, or as final products themselves.

We also offer traditional topographic surveys, using both GPS and total-station equipment, which can be used independently of, or in addition to, UAV survey.

Overview of a stretch of river with a weir and tree trunk surrounded by trees and industrial buildings in the background

Survey of a historical weir

Field with an excavated area in light brown soil with lines and a circular barrow ditch picked out in contrasting darker soil

Aerial view of the large ring-ditch of a roundbarrow

Overview of an excavation area surrounded by trenches with the features of a Romano-British settlement in dark brown against the lighter natural soil

Excavation of a Romano-British settlement

Topographic survey data in CAD

Contact Archaeological Services

Archaeological Services

Durham University
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

near Durham



Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1121