Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is a non-invasive geophysical technique which transmits radar pulses from a surface antenna into the ground, to identify buried features and objects.

Virtus Heritage has the capacity to conduct GPR surveys with specialisation in graves, cemeteries and archaeological site mapping.  This method is ideal for identifying  burials (both traditional interments and European-style graves) and can produce images of graves in three-dimensions within a variety of ground conditions.  The results of GPR surveys can be accurately mapped with the use of low altitude drone imagery and GPS mapping, all of which can be provided in a GIS format suitable for client needs. Virtus Heritage combines GPR surveys with our archaeological expertise, Aboriginal consultation, oral history with Elders and archival research, to provide a holistic approach to identifying sites.

Our GPR Co-ordinator Dr Emma St Pierre has experience conducting GPR surveys since 2015 and works closely with our technical partner, leading world expert in GPR for archaeology Prof. Lawrence Conyers (Department of Anthropology, University of Denver, USA). Prof. Conyers has decades of experience working on sites all over the globe and has been the principal investigator of numerous GPR projects in Australia since 2010, including the Mapoon Unmarked Graves and Cemeteries Project. Prof. Conyers has a long standing and well-established working relationship with Virtus Heritage, and peer reviews all GPR outputs.

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