The first stage of many archaeological scene examinations and inspections of search areas will be a non-intrusive walkover survey.
This methodical process will identify and interpret indications of disturbance or landscape change to understand whether they are man-made or natural and if they are likely to relate to the timescales that are relevant to the investigation. The anomalies can then be prioritised for archaeological excavation.
- Where a grave or concealment site has already been identified, the survey will be important to determine whether any associated features are visible in the surrounding area
- Where a grave or concealment site has not yet been identified, this type of survey is essential in order to identify possible features of interest and to prioritise them for archaeological excavation.