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Aerial reconnaissance for archaeology

D R Wilson (editor)

CBA Research Report No 12 (1975)

ISBN 0 900312 29 7


Title page of report 12

Papers from a symposium held in April 1974. Techniques of remote sensing and survey are treated by R J A Jones and R Evans (factors controlling development of soil and crop marks); D R Wilson (photographic techniques, equipment and procedures), J N Rinker (emulsions), W A Baker (infra-red) and I Scollar (manual or computer transformation of extreme oblique views to maps/plans). In the section on archaeological interpretation, D R Wilson illustrates some pitfalls, and is followed by writers on three different regions: R Agache (N France), C Leva and J J Hus (Belgium - low-level photography and magnetic/electrical checking on the ground of features seen from the air), and H C Bowen (development of landscape in S England). Section III is on availability and use of air-photographic information: J Hampton (organisation in Britain, especially the National Monuments Record), D Baker (relevance to planners) D Benson (Oxford region), C C Taylor (field archaeology) and H Thorpe (documentary and field study of Wormleighton). The need for a central air-photographic interpretation and dissemination centre is put by P J Fowler.


  • Title pages
  • Foreword by Professor Glyn Daniel (p vii)
  • Preface by Dr Graham Webster (p viii)
  • Resolutions of the Symposium (p viii)
  • The Organizing Committee (p ix)
  • Soil and crop marks in the recognition of archaeological sites by air photography by R J A Jones and R Evans (p 1)
  • Photographic techniques in the air by D R Wilson (p 12)
  • Some technical aspects of film emulsions in relation to the analysis and interpretation of aerial photographs by Jack N Rinker (p 32)
  • Infra-red techniques by W A Baker (p 46)
  • Transformation of extreme oblique aerial photographs to maps or plans by conventional means or by computer by Irwin Scollar (p 52)
  • Some pitfalls in the interpretation of air photographs by D R Wilson (p 59)
  • Aerial reconnaissance in northern France by Roger Agache (p 70)
  • Recent archaeological discoveries in Belgium by low-level aerial photography and geophysical survey
    • Part 1: Aerial reconnaissance and low-level photography for archaeology by C. Léva (p 81)
    • Part 2: Magnetic and electrical survey - powerful aids for the location and confirmation of archaeological features seen on air photographs by J J Hus (p 98)
  • Air photography and the development of the landscape in central parts of southern England by H C Bowen (p 103)
  • The organization of aerial photography in Britain by John Hampton (p 118)
  • Problems of town and country planners by David Baker (p 125)
  • The application of aerial photography in the Oxford region by Don Benson (p 132)
  • Aerial photography and the field archaeologist by C C Taylor (p 136)
  • Air, ground, document by Harry Thorpe (p 141)
  • The distant view by P J Fowler (p 154)

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