Lanscaper and Geophysical Services

Education and Training

Course and workshop topics offered include:

  • Geology
  • Archaeology and the landscape
  • Archaeological monument survey
  • Geophysical field survey
  • Computer data processing for geologists and archaeologists

Programmes are specifically tailored for each group. Courses can be theoretical and/or practical and can range from one to five days in duration or be delivered over a number of weeks. Comprehensive notes and/or instruction manuals are normally provided.

Eduction and Training

Education and training services are based on over 25 years experience in delivering college, residential and field-based education and training in Ireland, England and Norway. Clients include: community groups, amateur and professional historians and archaeologists, certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate fieldschools. We prefer to work with clients to develop courses to meet their specific needs.

For residential field courses we can arrange a total package including field survey area, lecture/computer rooms, accommodation and evening lecture programme.

Selected courses successfully delivered

Balla Secondary School, County Mayo
BARS_1 & BARS_2; Balla Archaeological Remote Sensing Project

A Remote Sensing Module for Transition Year Students

  • Introduction to remote sensing
  • Geophysical fieldwork and kite aerial photography
  • Data entry and processing
  • Data visualization and interpretation
  • Data Presentation

Geophysics at Balla Secondary School, County Mayo
Geophysical Surveys in Progress: Trace of the Past Exhibition

Kilberry Amenity & Heritage Group, Co Meath
Community Training Workshop

  • Introduction to remote sensing
  • Geophysical fieldwork
  • Data visualization and interpretation
  • Data Presentation

Topographical and Geophysical Surveys of Rathcoon Barrow for Kilberry Amenity and Heritage Group.
Simultaneous Topographical and Geophysical Surveys of Rathcoon Barrow.

Tóchar Valley Rural Community Network
"The Landscape Heritage of the Tóchar Valley"
An Introductory Course with Thematic Workshops

Course delivered over seven successive Saturdays in local community centres

  • Introduction to Landscape Heritage
  • Presentation of Heritage Information 1
  • Local Geology and Landscape
  • Evidence of Human Settlement
  • Local History and Folklore as Tourism Products
  • Case History; Interpreting the Heritage Landscape of Turlough
  • Presentation of Heritage Information 2
The Landscape Heritage of the Tóchar Valley

University College Cork

"An Introduction to Archaeological Geophysics"
A weekend course for the MA in Archaeology

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Integrated Survey Design
  • Magnetic Gradiometry and Magnetic Susceptibility
  • Resistivity Mapping and Tomography
  • The Development of Archaeological Geophysics in Ireland
  • Electromagnetic Techniques
  • Ground Penetrating Radar
  • Geophysical Data Acquisition and Processing
  • Guidelines and Limitations on Interpretation
  • So you want a Geophysical Survey, What next?
  • Case History: Rathcroghan Mound, Co. Roscommon
  • Field demonstration of Global Positioning System, Total Station, Magnetic Gradiometer, Earth Resistance, Magnetic Susceptibility, Electrical Resistivity and Tomography
An Introduction to Archaeological Geophysics

Earth Resistance technique

Birkbeck, University of London
"Geophysical Survey Techniques"
A five day field course delivered at Woodlands Farm, Kent, England

  • Review of terrestrial and waterborne geophysical applications in archaeology
  • Introduction to geophysical instruments, survey methodology, quality control and writing technical reports
  • Setting out survey grids, the global positioning system, use of an Engineer's level and total station
  • Micro-topographic and magnetic susceptibility survey methods
  • Processing of survey data 1
  • Magnetic gradiometry and earth resistance survey methods
  • Processing of survey data 2
  • Interpretation of survey results
  • Question and answer session on the application of geophysical survey in archaeological assessment

Geophysical Survey Techniques

Magnetic Gradiometer survey

Illinois State University, Center for the Study of Rural Ireland

Archaeological and Geophysical Survey as part of an excavation fieldschool lasting four to six weeks.

One to one tuition and hands-on experience in collecting archaeological survey and geophysical data as part of ongoing research.

  • Global Positioning System
  • Total Station
  • Magnetic Susceptibility
  • Magnetic Gradiometry
  • Earth Resistance
  • Electrical Resistivity Tomography


Please contact us if you have education and training requirements so we can work with you to develop a programme that meets your needs.

Study of Rural Ireland

Total Station

Sliabh Coillte Heritage Group, Co Wexford.
Community Training Workshop

  • Introduction to remote sensing
  • LiDAR analysis and field-walking
  • Geophysical fieldwork
  • Data visualization and interpretation
  • Data Presentation
Briefing at Kilmokea Enclosure

Briefing before starting a geophysical survey at Kilmokea Enclosure
(Photo : John Flynn)

Contact Details

Landscape and Geophysical Services
Convent Road
County Mayo

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