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Walkover Survey

See also:
Forensic Anthropology Forensic Archaeology Search Assessment and Mapping Service UAVs Archaeological Excavation 3D Crime Scene Modelling Diatoms 3D Digital Body Reconstruction Entomology Soil Botany Pollen Bones ID


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.