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2011-03-26 GPS for Landscape Survey

posted 4 Dec 2010, 08:53 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 21 Feb 2011, 05:30 ]
This one-day course is aimed at local groups and individuals wishing to undertake large-scale mapping of the historic landscape using low-cost hand-held GPS receivers. The survey day will be hosted by the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeological Group (SWAAG) in conjunction with CBA Yorkshire and is an opportunity to learn at first hand how SWAAG use low-cost GPS receivers on landscape survey projects in Swaledale. The course will involve classroom demonstration sessions based at Fremington Sunday School and practical work outdoors at West Hagg. The course will cover:- 

  • Background to how GPS works 
  • Advice on equipment – useful for groups considering making a purchase 
  • Observation and interpretation of earthwork features 
  • Survey procedures in the field 
  • Downloading and processing the data 
  • Preparing surveys for publication in print and on the web 

The Tutors 

Stephen Eastmead is the website editor for The Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (, and has had many years experience professionally within Information Technology (NHS), and in using handheld GPS units for leisure time pursuits. Stephen is willing to provide e-mail support and advice to participants after the course. 

Trevor Pearson is Head of Technical Survey (Archaeology) in English Heritage with wide experience of field survey using both traditional and electronic equipment including various types of GPS. He is a committee member of CBA Yorkshire and a member the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society. 

The cost of the day for members of CBA Yorkshire is £20. Tea/coffee will be provided but participants need to make their own arrangements for lunch. Note that the workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. 

To book please print off the attached booking form, complete and return to us with payment. Further information including a map of the area will be sent with confirmation of booking.
Members of SWAAG surveying near Reeth in October 2010 (c) CBA Yorkshire 2010

SWAAG have published guides on GPS surveying at
Paul Brayford,
18 Jan 2011, 05:24