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Dr Susan Ovenden

Susan Ovenden












Susan Ovenden BSc (Hons) PhD MIFA

Susan Ovenden has been working in commercial archaeological geophysics for over 21 years. After gaining a degree in Exploration Geophysics from University College London in 1987, Susan undertook a PhD in Archaeological Geophysics at the University of Bradford. After completing her PhD in 1990 Susan joined GSB Prospection as their Senior Geophysicist. She moved to Orkney in 2004 to take up the role of Director of Orkney College Geophysics Unit. In the summer of 2010 Susan left Orkney College, UHI and with Alistair Wilson set up Rose Geophysical Consultants.

Over the years Susan has undertaken, and managed hundreds of commercial geophysical surveys in Britain and Ireland.

Susan has taught at a variety of levels for a several institutions. In the past she contributed to the University of Bradford's MSc in Archaeological Prospection. More recently she delivered a module on Archaeological Geophysics to students on the MA in Archaeological Practice as well as setting up the MSc in Shallow Geophysics for Archaeologists and Environmentalist at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Susan has taught geophysics to community groups, young archaeologists and continuing education groups.

Susan has led the geophysical component of several research project overseas including in Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Easter Island.

Susan is:

  • A Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIFA)

  • Co-author of the IFAs Technical Paper  'The use of Geophysical Techniques in Archaeological Evaluations' ISBN 0948 393 203

  • IFA's Geophysics Special Interest Group representative on IFA validation panel.

  • A member of the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) Science in Archaeology panel.

  • Member of Steering Committee for the NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility (2005 - 2009)    








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