I would like to announce the release of the Survey and GIS manual
produced at Oxford Archaeology North during the last few months after
development of new on-site survey and GIS methodologies applicable to
any archaeological project.
This document is intended to supply an easy-to-understand but
comprehensive guide to survey and open source GIS, from setting up
survey equipment to downloading and processing survey data. The manual
is intended for speeding-up, or annihilating the training procedure
and providing a guide to survey to field staff in case no professional
surveyor is on site. An inexperienced member of field staff should, by
following this manual step-by-step, be able to set up a Total Station,
conduct survey and download and process the survey data, given a
certain amount of time.
Procedures are explained in great detail with screenshots and
photographs where appropriate and guides to troubleshooting and
examples for data maintenance are provided. The manual is written in
such manner that it can easily be adjusted for individual sites'
survey requirements. Chapters can be extracted easily and supplied
Versions exist for use on site with a robotic Leica TCR1205 Total
Station together with a remote control unit as well as without remote
The downloading software used in this manual is Leice GeoOffice (can
be replaced by whatever software comes with the Total Station used)
and GIS software is the gvSIG OA Digital Edition. I furthermore
recommend Inkscape as a vector editing software for touching up maps
produced by gvSIG.
This document is available for download as PDF at
I would be extremely grateful for feedback!
Anna Hodgkinson, M.A., M.St., AIFA