- A bit of background about what is already known about the archaeology of the site, and why the survey is being undertaken.
- A short statement about the equipment used and how it is being used.
- Notes on the positioning of the survey grids, in such a form that those grids can be re-established by someone else.
- A plot of the results.
- Interpretation of those results.
12 October 2011
Writing a Geophysics Report
Compared to excavation reports, geophysics reports are really quite simple, and fairly quick to write. If you were to look at standard grey literature geophysics reports, it may seem otherwise, for two reasons. Firstly, commercial units like to pad out reports with unnecessary waffle, to make the customer feel like they are getting their money's worth. Much of this will be copied and pasted between reports with little alteration. Secondly, geophysics reports may also include a wider desk-based evaluation of the surrounding area as part of the contracted work, which may not be necessary otherwise. So what is the minimum required of a geophysics report? Here are a few things to include :