Metal detection is a useful survey technique that can provide dating and evidence of former land-use. Archaeological Surveys carry out metal detector surveys to specific project designs that meet the aims and objectives of the client. We have carried out a number of surveys on English Civil War battlefield sites as well as battlefields in Ireland and Belgium.
Consistency and experience are major factors when carrying out metal detector surveys. In addition accurate surveying is essential for a proper analysis of finds and this is achieved through referencing using either differential or RTK GPS.
Generally ferrous and/or non-ferrous items are collected from the topsoil in order to gain maximum information from a site. Archaeological Surveys metal detector surveys can include finds conservation and X-ray analysis where necessary.