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Geophysical Survey Course 2021 - at Codnor Castle, Derbyshire

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Archaeological Geophysics uses a range of instruments and techniques to detect and map variations below the ground surface. These can be interpreted by archaeologists and effectively enable the experienced practitioner to ‘see’ possible archaeological features under the ground.

On this course delegates will undertake geophysical Resistance survey, Magnetometer survey, and Ground Penetrating Radar survey. At the remains of Codnor Castle in Derbyshire.

The course will include a mixture of classroom and field-based working, enabling participants to learn the complex skills of archaeological geophysical survey, through both taught theory and hands-on practical learning.

On this course delegates undertake the work in groups and collect real data in the field.

Delegates will then learn how to download data and how to process it.

There will also be chance to learn about how this data can be used in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software, to produce maps ad plans.

The course will include:


Magnetometer Survey

Resistance Survey

Ground Penetrating Radar Survey

Take your skills to the next level by joining our week long

Geophysical Survey Training Course 2021

at Codnor Castle, Derbyshire.

Price £250 per person


As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the geophysical survey training course is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.

Archaeological Skill Passport

Codnor Castle was seat of the De Grey family for 300 years and is a remarkable stone ruin in Derbyshire. The Grey family were a hugely important family who served at the heart of Medieval Society for generations, fighting in the great battles of the age from Hastings, to the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses... They were constantly at the heart of National Affairs. As prominent members of society they served in various offices of state over time including Walter de Grey being Archbishop of York, and Richard de Grey who was a Knight of the Garter and Lord Treasurer of England- who held the office of Constable of Nottingham Castle and Keeper of Sherwood Forest in the early 15th century...

2021 Dates:

Week of

17th - 21st May 2021

£250 per person

You can find out all about the wonderful ruins of Codnor Castle via the Codnor Castle Heritage Trust website:

In 2006, The Codnor Castle Heritage Trust was established to prevent the Castle from falling into further disrepair and to promote the Castle as a major site of historical importance.

With a knowledgeable and highly skilled Board of Trustees that includes historians, archaeologists, surveyors, heritage professionals and teachers, the Heritage Trust also has a strong membership base.

The patron of the Trust is Sir Humphrey Wakefield whose wife, Lady Wakefield, is a direct descendant of the Greys of Codnor.

You can also follow them on Facebook:

For an excellent summary of the history of the castle please see the Trusts page:

Codnor castle, Derbyshire.

This is a fantastic opportunity not only to learn about archaeological geophysics, but also to help out in a survey of the fabulous Codnor Castle in Derbyshire. The survey will be undertaken to look for buried remains in parts of the castle which have not been surveyed before…

From the Codnor Castle Heritage Trust Website:

What to see and do…

A majestic 800 year old castle ruin, home to one of the most powerful medieval families in England. The De Grey's of Codnor. There are remains of an Eighteen foot high former rectangular three storey tower to the north with  a connecting wall to a later outer court to the south. The tower has remains of a large external stack to the north wall and small square openings to the west wall. ​The outer court has walls on three sides with a central masonry made of large square-cut stone polygonal tower with cross slit windows on two sides and small scalloped decorative line window to the left side. The West wall has a four-centred arched fireplace to centre with a solid exterior angle doorcase to the left side. There is also another wall without openings. Built by the Grey family of Codnor and taken over by the Zouch family in 1496 ​The castle sits in the midst of a beautiful rural landscape overlooking the Erewash Valley, which is rich in wildlife and birds of prey. Close to the Midland Railway and other industrial heritage sites and a nature reserve rich in rare butterflies.  Codnor Castle is one of only two surviving castles in Derbyshire, which retains its original medieval architecture. The other being Peverall Castle, making Codnor Castle a rare asset in south east Derbyshire.”

In 2008 the popular television show Time Team excavated at the site of Codnor Castle- you can find out more about their findings here: .


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Geophysical Survey Course week: 17th - 21st May, 2021.

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Please note that Archaeology can be quite physically demanding, so please contact to discuss any limiting factors with regard to you undertaking fieldwork. Please contact us if you have any issues.

Please note we do not provide accommodation.

We can provide a list of local accommodation from camping to hotels- but it is the responsibility of the individual booking on to the field school to organise their own accommodation.

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*Please note that while aspects of this course will be in-depth, attendance on the course will not qualify delegates to work as an archaeological geophysicist; no matter how high the quality of tuition a week long course cannot substitute for the years of experience, training and knowledge required.

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