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Using airborne lidar in archaeological survey

These guidelines are designed to help those intending to use airborne laser scanning (ALS), also known as lidar, for archaeological survey. The aim is to help archaeologists, researchers and those who manage the historic environment decide first whether using lidar data will actually be beneficial in terms of their research aims and then how it can be used most effectively. The guidelines will be most useful to those who have access to data that have already been commissioned, or are planning to commission it for a specific purpose. They also provide an introduction to the interpretation of the data to separate archaeological and non-archaeological features.


  • Preface
  • Part I What is lidar and what does it do?
  • Part II How to decide if you need it: practicalities and limitations
  • Part III How do you use it?
  • Part IV Case studies
  • Part V Lidar for woodland survey

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51577


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