Geoscan Research was established by Dr Roger Walker in 1984. After a lifelong interest in archaeology and electronics his aim was to use his physics background to design instrumentation for archaeologists requiring non-invasive survey techniques. The instrumentation is now also used in other areas including environmental, forensics, geological, civil engineering, and peace-time military applications.
We have a range of low-cost, robust, high reliability instrumentation which have been able to withstand the rigours of archaeological field use. Our product range includes earth resistance meters and fluxgate gradiometers. The instrumentation is accompanied by specialist software designed and developed in response to user demand in conjunction with Dr Lewis Somers of Geoscan Research USA.
We are happy to advise on instrument suitability for specific purposes or sites as well as solve the more advanced technical queries. We are always interested in receiving feedback from customers so we can continue to improve our products and ensure that our instruments and software are user friendly.
Our customers are mainly local authorities, universities, trusts and other educational establishments, but as the commercial side of geophysics has grown so has our customer base in this sector. Interest from amateur groups has also increased as our products have become better known due to the popularity of archaeological television programs some of which feature our equipment and software in action.
Initially UK based, sales quickly spread to Europe and the USA, so that approximately 50% of our products are now exported. There are agents for the USA & Canada, Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway and Japan as well as direct sales to customers all over the world.
While much of the research and design is concentrated at our premises in the UK at Bradford, West Yorkshire, we also work with academic groups in developing and refining existing geophysical techniques for archaeological and other applications.
Roger Walker is an associate editor of the journal "Archaeological Prospection". Geoscan Research is a member of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, member of Electronics Yorkshire and a corporate member of the International Society for Archaeological Prospection. Geoscan Research supports and promotes the good practice recommended by the English Heritage guidelines for archaeological geophysics.