Hiring an Archaeological Geophysics Company: Essential Insights

Geophysics is a complex and technical undertaking that requires highly trained and well-experienced professionals to ensure quality data and detailed archaeological interpretation. This guide explains how TerraDat's geophysical surveys can provide detailed and insightful results to help you.

Define Your Project Scope and Objectives
Before commissioning a survey, it is essential to help the 'contractor of your choice' (hopefully TerraDat!) clearly understand your project's requirements. If you are new to geophysics or unsure of the pre-survey processes then just ask. Our friendly staff have years of experience to help guide you. By starting an open dialogue early we can build a survey approach that fulfils your requirements is possible.

Do you know what you are looking for?
If you are lucky enough to have been in contact with an archaeologist, then you may have access to a desk-based assessment (DBA); this can help your friendly geophysicist identify the most appropriate methodology for your survey. In the UK, this tends to be magnetic gradiometry (but not always). If a written scheme of investigation (WSI) is available or required, be sure to mention this, as TerraDat will happily conduct the works in accordance with a WSI or write one for you!

"We understand that each archaeological site holds a unique story waiting to be told. Our mission is to provide precise geophysical data that helps to unveil these hidden narratives. At TerraDat, we believe in making complex technology accessible and are committed to guiding our clients through every step of the survey process. We're not just a service provider; we're your partner in archaeological discovery."
Christian Bird, Geophysicist
We don't dig for anomalies, but we sometimes have to dig our kit out of the mud!

Be honest about ground conditions
A lot of site work takes place during the winter when arable fields are fallow, and cows are safely tucked up indoors. Unfortunately, this also means that fields can also be at their most soft and wet. We are always keen to leave a site in the best possible condition. Advanced discussions about ground conditions and conversations with farmers/landowners can help ensure smooth-running surveys and happy clients!

Discuss pricing
A transparent discussion about costs is vital when hiring any geophysical survey company. TerraDat provides a detailed breakdown of their pricing. Prices are calculated based on area and provided as a lump sum, ensuring no surprises. A formal quotation outlines the scope of work, deliverables, payment schedule, and any other pertinent details.

In conclusion
TerraDat believes in providing quality, unbiased advice about all aspects of archaeological geophysics. Our staff are approachable and their detailed knowledge of all aspects of geophysics will help them select the correct methodology for your site. Our approach is to help guide those who are unfamiliar with geophysics and collaborate closely with clients who have more experience to maximise the use of our quality survey data.

Contact TerraDat today on 02920 700127 or web@terradat.co.uk