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MLitt/PGDip Aerial Photography and Geophysical Survey – Glasgow

December 2, 2008

This programme offers a detailed introduction to two fundamental survey techniques widely employed in archaeology: aerial photography, the single most important technique for the discovery of new archaeological sites and the appreciation of their broader landscape setting; and geophysical survey, an increasingly sophisticated non-destructive method of indicating the archaeological potential of sites and their environs by revealing plan detail.

This unique programme of study has a strong practical content and focuses on the principles, methods and applications of aerial photography and geophysical survey in archaeology.  It combines Glasgow’s general expertise in aerial photography, geophysical survey and computing within the Department of Archaeology with that in photogrammetry in the Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences, and the practical and professional aerial photographic skills of the staff of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh.

The programme aims to prepare students for participation on both a practical and theoretical level in the field of remote sensing in archaeology, also providing promising students with the appropriate training to embark on a PhD in this subject area. 

Webpage:  http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/currentstudents/taughtpostgraduates/aerialphotographyandgeophysicalsurvey/

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