Nick Hannon BA MSc PhD

Project Officer, Geophysics

Nick HannonNick is a geophysical Project Officer with a wide range of experience across both academic archaeology and the commercial archaeology sector. 

After graduating from the University of Leicester with a BA Hons in Archaeology, Nick trained with the University of Leicester Archaeological Services as an Assistant Archaeologist. Nick gained valuable experience through numerous evaluations, large excavations (notably Pineham, Northamptonshire) watching briefs and trial trenching project projects, alongside leading on large-scale LiDAR projects. 

Nick followed this by completing a MSc in Archaeological Information Systems at the University of York where he specialised in the use of LiDAR data for investigating archaeological landscapes.  Nick then worked for Historic England (formally English Heritage) in York, within the geospatial imaging team which specialised in the use of 3D technologies such as photogrammetry and terrestrial laser scanning to record heritage assets through projects such as the UAV photogrammetric survey of the Rievaulx abbey and the laser scanning of Richmond Castle. 

Nick then completed a Historic Environment Scotland funded PhD at Canterbury Christ Church University which focused on the LiDAR data for the Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Scotland.  This project led to the production of a number of high-profile reports focusing on the results within this data.  During his studies at Canterbury he also taught undergraduate students both the use of GIS and remote sensing for archaeology, and fieldwork techniques at their annual field-school in conjunction with the Culver Archaeology Project, at Bridge Farm, West Sussex.   

Whilst studying for his PhD Nick worked as the Archaeological Fieldwork Technician at the University of Bristol.  Here Nick was responsible the management of the department's fieldwork activities including the University’s undergraduate field-school at Berkeley Cast.  Nick was also responsible for the teaching a range of archaeological survey techniques and the use of GIS. 

Following the successful completion of his PhD Nick returned to commercial archaeology as a Geophysical Project Supervisor with Headland Archaeology where he was responsible for undertaking fieldwork and the production of reports text and report graphics in both CAD and GIS environments on a number of large-scale project such as the Lower Thames Crossing Project. 

Nick joined AOC Archaeology in 2019 as a Project Officer. Nick is now responsible for supervising projects through their data collection and reporting phases and specialises in the use of GIS to produce high-quality imagery to support. Nick has gained further experience of supervising complex, large-scale geophysics projects with AOC such as the A96 Dualling Programme  



  • A96 Dualling Programme – Project Officer (Geophysics) 

  • HS2 Phase 2B - Project Supervisor (Geophysics) 

  • East Anglia One Windfarm - Project Supervisor (Geophysics) 

  • Lower Thames Crossing – Project Supervisor (Geophysics) 



Hannon. H, 2018. 'Airborne Laser Scanning and Lidar' In 'The SAS Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences'. Wiley-Blackwell. 

Hannon. N., Rohl, D., & Wilson, L. 2017. 'The Antonine Wall’s distance-slabs: LiDAR as metric survey'. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 30, 447-468.