PhD Student Profile

Nick Hannon

Nick Hannon

PhD Student

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Project title

The Hidden Landscape of a Roman Frontier: Aerial Laser Scanning, Spatial Analysis and the Antonine Wall.

Biographical note

Nick entered the world of archaeology as a mature student having previously worked in numerous geomatics roles outside of the heritage sector. After completing a BA in single honors Archaeology at the University of Leicester, Nick worked for ULAS as an archaeological assistant, giving him invaluable experience in the sphere of commercial archaeology, along with various aspects of community engagement. Following this he then went on to study at the University of York for a MSc in Archaeological Information Systems. After the successful completion of his Masters Nick then joined the Geospatial Imaging team at English Heritage’s York office where he spent a year using photogrammetry and terrestrial laser scanning to record various heritage assets to aid in their preservation and management. Nick is now embarking on the Hidden Landscape of a Roman Frontier project at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Nick is experienced in the use of both terrestrial laser scanning and aerial laser scanning to record and interpret archaeological landscapes and record extent heritage assets. He is also skilled in the use of photogrammetric techniques (both ground and UAV based) to record heritage assets at a range of scale from artefact to landscape. His prize-winning studies have allowed him to use advanced GIS techniques to aid the understanding of archaeological landscapes with an aim of moving away traditional approaches and introducing the concept of human feelings into a sterile GIS environment. Nick’s study areas are later prehistoric and early Roman British Landscapes.

Research outline

The project is a 3 year collaborative partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University and Historic Environment Scotland. It aims to develop a comprehensive archaeological map of the Antonine Wall, a former Roman frontier in Scotland. It will use a combination of aerial laser scanning (LiDAR), terrestrial laser scanning and other remote sensing techniques to inform our understanding of this multi-period world heritage site to guide further research and aim management of this valuable resource.

Supervisory team

  • Dr Darrell Rohl – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Prof Tim Champion – Canterbury Christ Church University (Visiting Professor)
  • Dr Lyn Wilson – Historic Environment Scotland

Research outputs

The research will produce highly accurate mapping of all aspects of the World Heritage Site along with interpretive analysis of the findings.

Teaching experience

Nick has a proven track record of teaching the use of GIS, terrestrial laser scanning and photometric techniques to a range of audiences.


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