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Google Maps and Aerial Photographs

Google Maps and Aerial Photographs

Google Maps

There has been quite a lot of coverage in the press recently about the use of the satellite images on Google Maps to locate archaeological features. ( for example, see here…)

In some cases, it is even possible to take advantage of the Google Streetview feature to examine charter boundaries.

For example, part of the Godmersham charter boundary runs along a road which is featured on Google Streetview. You can ‘walk’ this part of the boundary in the comfort of your own home!
(see example)

Aerial Photographs

There are various sources of aerial photographs available on the Internet. Two of the most useful are:

The National Collection of Aerial Photography

Britain From Above

Some collections of aerial photographs will also be available on the Project Resources Website.


We hear a lot these days about the potential of LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) in archaeology, and Historic England has produced a useful guide on the subject.

Obviously, techniques such as LIDASR are beyond the range of this project, but the Government has started to publish data from LIDAR surveys on the Internet and some of this may prove to be of archaeological interest. Tim Daw has published a useful short guide on how to use this material.

The image below shows data from a LIDAR survey centred on Hurst Farm, one of the boundary points for the Godmersham charter.

LIDAR data is also presented on the House Prices Website. This gives clear rendering, but does not have a base map, so locating sites is not so easy.

The image below shows LIDAR data from the HousePrices site centred on Trimworth Manor, another boundary point on the Godmersham charter.

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