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SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

Landscape Surveying using Handheld GPS Receivers

A method of producing accurate archaeological maps has been devised using modern hand held GPS receivers (GPSr). Free or minimum cost software has been used to produce maps suitable for publication.

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The illustrations below indicate what you can do using this method:

Figure 1. Survey data as it is downloaded from your GPS receiver (GPSr) into free software (see below), where appropriate waypoints are linked with lines.

Figure 2. Shows how you can merge many individual surveys into an area or site map. (Waypoints have been hidden for clarity)
Figure 1 data is on the western side.

Figure 3. Show that you can then zoom into any part of the area or site survey to select which part to map.
This data is then imported into a graphics program where you produce your final map which can contain as many layers of detail as you require.

Figure 4. Show a map drawn using the above data.
The style of lines and symbols used can be varied as much as you like. All if the above lines and symbols where either already in the graphics software, or created by the graphics software, or imported into the software.

Figure 5. Chapters in the book show you haw you can use your GPS data in Google Earth (see below) and as a data layer on digital mapping.

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Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Global Positioning System (GPS)
Chapter 3
. GPSr Instruments
Chapter 4. Computers
Chapter 5. Software
Chapter 6. Configuring your GPS
Chapter 7. Waypoint Accuracy
Chapter 8. Measuring GPSr Waypoints
Chapter 9. External Aerials
Chapter 10. Handheld GPSr Performance
Chapter 11. Introduction to Mapping Techniques
Chapter 12. TrackMaker
Chapter 13. EasyGPS
Chapter 14. Using TrackMaker data on Google Earth
Chapter 15. Using TrackMaker data with Digital Mapping Software
Chapter 16. Digital Maps: shp, dxf, tiff and all that stuff
Chapter 17. Creating maps using Graphics Software
Chapter 18. DrawPlus Essentials
Chapter 19. DrawPlus
Chapter 20.
Techniques for Drawing Archaeological Features
Chapter 21. A Practical View
Chapter 22. DrawPlus Output
Chapter 23. DrawPlus and Copyrighted Maps
Chapter 24. Using IrfanView
Chapter 25. SWAAG Publications
Appendix 1. Comma Delimited Data