Archaeological Survey Using Airborne Lidar

Course details

From £230.00

Thu 05 Dec 2019
9.30am - 5.00pm

Archaeological Survey Using Airborne Lidar


Archaeological survey using airborne lidar is a technique that has been added to the toolbox of the archaeological surveyor, and when used in the appropriate circumstances it can reveal archaeological remains in exceptional detail. This course informs historic environment professionals of the potential and practical use of lidar data and lidar-derived imagery for research and heritage management.

The course is designed for a professional audience, particularly those who are currently involved in research, fieldwork and the planning process and who are aware of lidar, but have little or no practical experience with its use.


Programme details


9.30am               Registration and coffee / tea

10.00am             Introduction

10.15am              Technique and underlying principles of lidar – including practical session on viewing point clouds

11.00am              Coffee / tea

11.30am              Using lidar-derived imagery to reveal archaeological remains – including practicalsessions comparing point clouds and surfaces, and comparing digital surface models (DSMs) and digital terrain models (DTMs)

12.45pm               Discussion

1.00pm                 Lunch

2.00pm                 Data manipulation to enhance interpretation of archaeological features – including practical session working with controlled lighting

2.30pm                 Recognising artefacts and other features of non-archaeological origin

3.00pm                 Tea / coffee

3.30pm                 Mapping from lidar-derived imagery – including practical exercise in mapping and interpretation from lidar data

4.20pm                 Specific applications of lidar in particular archaeological landscapes: uplands, lowlands and woodland

5.00pm                 Discussion and course disperses


Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House before the course.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email  for details of availability and prices.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.


Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £230.00
Baguette: £4.90
Hot Lunch: £14.00


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking. Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:


Mr Peter Crow


Project Manager, Historic Environment, Forest Research

Mr Simon Crutchley

Course Director

Remote Sensing Development Manager, Historic Places Investigation South & West, Historic England


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.