Alistair Galt BA MSc

Project Supervisor (Geophysics)

Alistair GaltAlistair is an archaeological surveyor with broad experience in a variety of non-intrusive methods, with an emphasis on new technology. After completing his undergraduate degree at Durham University where he specialised in geophysics, he undertook the Archaeological Computing postgraduate course at the University of Southampton in 2014. During his undergraduate period he volunteered to undertake traditional building recording surveys. One of these surveys formed part of an award-winning conservation management plan of South Street Mill, Durham, in conjunction with the North East Civic Trust. Additionally he completed a laser scanning project in the Sir George Staunton Country Park, Havant, which demonstrated the speed and detail that such a method can bring to a project. He has also completed a small number of personal ventures in photogrammetry to demonstrate the ease of which it is possible to record monuments and artefacts for community and professional use.

Alistair's commercial career began with the British School at Rome, working briefly on the Rome's Mediterranean Ports Project as an Assistant Surveyor on the Roman city of Utica in Tunisia. This was swiftly followed by employment with GSB, where he held a variety of positions, working up from Assistant Archaeological Geophysicist to Cart Coordinator and Equipment Supervisor. In these roles he has supervised projects in England and Wales, with an emphasis on surveys using a custom-made magnetometer cart and associated in-house software. Additionally he gave a presentation on GSB’s geophysics results to the Longstone Landscape Project at the Exmoor Archaeology Forum 2015. He joined AOC in October 2016 to complement AOC's increasing capabilities in research and commercial sectors, in particular cart-based surveys, as well as developing his own surveying skills. He currently holds a CSCS card and also has experience in using AutoCAD and importing LIDAR datasets into ArcGIS.

Alistair enjoys community archaeology, as well as debating archaeological theories in landscape and digital technologies, which he believes are the key to integrating the next generation of archaeologists into the profession in a sustainable manner. As a treasurer to the Young Archaeologists Club in Leeds and Secretary to the New Generation Special Interest Group within CIfA he has been active in promoting archaeology to the New Generation in a variety of activities as varied as Skype calls to throwing plastic balls in a staged “re-enactment” of the Battle of Hastings! His life outside archaeology includes fell running and attempting to emulate Serj Tankian on the piano.



  •  Rome's Mediterranean Ports (RoMP) - Assistant Surveyor
  • Longstone Landscapes Project - Archaeological Geophysicist
  • Heritage Skills Initiative - Project Co-Ordinator, Durham University



Galt.A., 2015 ‘Recent Geophysics Results From Challacombe Common’ Presentation at the Exmoor Archaeology Forum, 14th November 2015. URL:

Galt, A., 2014 ‘It's All Fun and Games to You, Isn't It? The Application of New Technology by the New Technology in Archaeology’. Emergence, University of Southampton, vol.5, pp.8-17

Brown, P., Burton, R., Davies, J., Galt, A., Green, S., Lee-Smith, K., Raine, J., Shaw, H.,

2013 ‘Conservation Management Plan: South Street Mill, Durham’. North East Civic Trust and Durham University Archaeology Society, Newcastle.