Geophysics
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This page illustrates the Trust's project to build geophysics expertise amongst its members.

The First Ever Session - 2002

Steve Dyer instructs members during the first ever training session on the village green at Chobham.  Chobham Museum hosted the Trust.

Houses and a barn had existed on this area until the 1950s.  The results were processed on a laptop computer in the Chobham Museum; the result can be seen below.

   

First Time for Real - April 2003

Just a walk in the park ...

Surrey Heath Archaeology and Heritage Trust, joined by members of UniSearch, held a geophysics learning day at Windlesham Arboretum where excavations by the Trust in the 1980s revealed Iron Age and Romano-British habitation.
The purpose was to familiarise with the equipment and site in order to explore, at a future date, the extent of the features excavated during the 1980s.

UniSearch getting into the rough

The resulting geophysics plot and the features excavated in the 1980s are shown here overlain onto an aerial photograph of the site.

The circular feature top right is an island in a large pond. 

 

 

Chobham Park - September 2003

Trust members, joined by junior trainees, search for house and moat at the site of Henry VIII's property at Chobham Park.

The Results

It is early days but the resistivity survey results (shown as grey pattern) indicate possible positions for moats.

Titchfield Abbey

Gaining in confidence the Trust was able to assist other Surrey archaeology societies such as the University of Surrey's UniSearch team in its investigation of the grounds of ruined Titchfield Abbey.

The Trust provided the resistivity meter and manpower.  In addition a Trust member processed all the geophysics data and produced many of the report graphics for this survey which was published to English Heritage in late 2003.

The only surviving above-ground fragment of Titchfield Abbey.  The nave was converted to Place House after the dissolution.
 

An example of the geophysics analysis and graphics production for this survey.