Research Blog

Ephesus, Turkey

September, 2015

In September 2015, the University of Southampton took a team to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ephesus, Turkey. Using ERT and magnetometry techniques, a geophysical survey was conducted of areas surrounding the inner and outer harbours.  This was part of the Roman Mediterranean Ports project funded by the European Research Council (ERC).  Together, with the continuing work by the team of the Austrian Archaeological Institute (ÖAI), the results indicate the presence of structures with much talk for discussion.

Liwa Oasis, Abu Dhabi

March, 2015

Jack Hill went out for a second season in Abu Dhabi as part of the three man Geophysics team from the University of Southampton.  This time using GPR and Magnetometry, the team were looking for a fort and also completed work at the Liwa Oasis.


Dangeil, Sudan

February, 2015

The Berber-Abidiya archaeological project has been running since 2000 and focuses on the late Kushite city of Dangeil.  As part of the 2015 season, Jack Frowde joined the GPR team for a month to build upon the geophysics from the previous year.

Located south of the fifth Nile cataract in Sudan, a first century AD temple has been discovered and research continues every year.  With much still unknown, the use of GPR will aid investigations into the area immediately surrounding the temple. 

The images above depict scenes from the site of Dangeil as well as visits to Naga and the pyramids at Meroë.

More information can be found by clicking on the links below:


Sir Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi

October, 2014

In October 2014, the University of Southampton were involved in an archaeological and geophysical survey in collaboration with the Maritime Archaeology Stewardship Trust (MAST) and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture (ADTCA).  As part of their team for the two week period, Jack Hil helped to survey the island using handheld GPS, magnetometry and GPR.

The main aims of the survey were to investigate the possibility of buried structures linked with the Nestorian church and to survey a bronze age site. The survey produced some great results with much potential and scope for future work.

Further information can be seen at Kristian Strutt's website here.