From Criminal Minds to CSI: the rise of Ground Penetrating Radar in clandestine investigations

At SUMO we are lucky enough to have staff with an eclectic taste in television! Whilst watching a box set of Criminal Minds from 2006, one of our Directors was surprised to see the forensic team using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) equipment to locate human remains under a garden gazebo. With an extremely clear (and somewhat fanciful) data image, it got us thinking about the rise of GPR in clandestine investigations...

SUMO Geophysics Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane

SUMO Geophysics Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane

What does The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Morning Glory by Oasis, the sound of the dial-up modem and the SIR3 radar system all have in common?  They were all things that helped to make the 1990’s. We asked SUMO Directors Dr. John Gater and Peter Barker to take a trip down memory lane and look back at their 'old' geophysical equipment. After this, we began to see how far geophysics technology has come since.

The Discovery of Richard III’s Remains

Archaeologists from Leicester University confirmed that the human remains found under a council car park in Leicester were those of Richard III. The last Plantagenet King of England.

History records that after being killed during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, Richard III's body was buried in a nearby Franciscan friary. This friary was subsequently destroyed and the exact location of the burial site remained a mystery. This was until August 2012 when member of the Richard III Society, founder of the Leicester Dig Project and Screenwriter Philippa Langley commissioned a search team to peruse the lost King's remains...