Aerial Photograph Analysis and Transcription

Cropmarks of square and circular enclosures. Courtesy of Cliche J Dassie. Accessed from Flickr.
ARS Ltd. Aerial Photograph Analyst analysing a black and white aerial photograph through a stereoscope © Copyright ARS Ltd
Accurate map transcription following rectification of aerial photograph imagery. © Copyright ARS Ltd

Aerial survey is a cost-effective technique that allows for rapid reconnaissance and detection of archaeological sites over large areas of the landscape. It enables the discovery of new sites and evaluation of the archaeological potential of a given area.

Using information from existing aerial photograph archives, satellite imagery and Lidar, the presence of archaeological monuments on development sites can be identified in advance, resulting in archaeological mitigation strategies that are more informed and targeted, particularly in relation to large-scale development.

Our professional staff are highly experienced in all aspects of air photo interpretation and transcription and we are one of the few companies in the UK who can undertake aerial photograph transcription to Historic England’s Aerial Investigation and Mapping standards. We offer a high quality aerial photography service, providing a cost-effective and rapid means of evaluation ahead of development. We can also advise as to whether an area has already been covered by Historic England or Historic Scotland aerial mapping. We can provide the data back to our clients in most digital formats including, in particular, as GIS-ready files.