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Discovering the Past through Digital Innovation

In Situ: a platform by AOC Archaeology Group.

Archaeology is all around us: whether it’s a new road, a windfarm, or a house, UK planning conditions ensure that the archaeological potential of each area proposed for development is explored, excavated, and analysed. Organisations like AOC work to uncover, record, and preserve the past. Partnering with museums, universities, and communities, we bring our heritage to life.

Each project tells us more about Britain in the past – but often, the results are not freely accessible to a wider audience.

Reports are written, and these are submitted to local authority archives or online repositories.
For the most exciting sites, the results might warrant publication in an academic journal, or even a stand-alone monograph, unlikely to be of interest to a very broad range of people beyond archaeologists and academics.

In Situ takes the illuminating stories from AOC’s work and presents them here: we’re giving you the highlights; bringing stories of our past into the present.

The Archaeology of Today

With innovation at its core, In Situ shows you the modern face of archaeological world. Discover what technologies we use to decode the past.


Photography-based 3D recording technique.
User-friendly, reliable, and versatile.
Applicable to objects and sites of all sizes.

Laser Scanning

Survey-grade 3D recording technique, with measurable outputs of highest quality. Used for large-scale objects, buildings and sites.

Reflectance Transformation Imaging

Balancing between 2D and 3D imaging, RTI allows us to enhance the surface detail and often reveal what is invisible to the naked eye.

3D Printing

Creating tactile replicas of fragile artefacts for handling kits to build a stronger connection with the past and make heritage accessible for visually-impared visitors.

Digital Reconstructions

Combining specialist analyses with traditional illustration methods and 3D modelling to digitally reconstruct artefacts or sites.

Lidar Analysis

By using remote sensing techniques, Lidar allows us to measure the elevation of terrain features, revealing hidden structures of archaeological landscapes.

UAV Survey

Drones with high resolution cameras allow us to record structures that are inaccessible from ground level.

360⁰ Virtual Tours

Creative immersive experiences of inacessible places through virtual tours.