Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
A ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey is often the only geophysical technique compatible with cluttered urban conditions that prevent other techniques.
It has capacity to work through a wide variety of surface materials. From soft landscaping, through to hard surfaces such as tarmac and concrete both inside and outside buildings. This makes it an ideal technique for many archaeological applications. Ground Penetrating Radar is particularly adept at not only mapping buried structures, but approximating their depth. This provides an all-important extra level of detail.
GPR works by pulsing electromagnetic waves into the ground and measuring the strength and time delay of the returning signal. This allows it to approximate the depth as well as the density of the buried horizon.
Typical locations range from gardens, courtyards, car parks and derelict land. As well as floors of churches, basements and graveyards. Structures can also be investigated normally using higher frequency antennas.
Features commonly identified by Archaeological GPR surveys:
Air Voids – vaults, tombs, tunnels, chambers, cellars
Structures – Foundations, rubble fill, buried paths
Ditches – enclosure ditches, moats, trenches
Discrete features – Hearths, pits, garden features
Introducing SUMO’s new high density GPR surveys
8 channels of data at 8cm spacing
12x better resolution than a standard utility radar survey
Improved speed and efficiency
No need to carry out orthogonal transects across the site. This saves time and causes less disruption to your site
Improved data display
Instant 3D pictures produced on site
Tracked by a robotic total station or RTK GPS for precise positioning