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September 18, 2006 – GPR – Fit for a Queen
In August, the celebrated Time Team were permitted to carry out archeological excavations on the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s 80th birthday.
For the first time ever, archaeologists excavated on the place grounds; previous archeo access had been limited to recording finds, not determining where to dig much less excavating.
As part of the geophysical investigation, Time Team employed a Sensors & Software Nogginplus 250 SmartCart ground penetrating radar (GPR) to locate historical foundation. The resulting GPR images defined numerous buried walls and structures. This evidence points to the original Buckingham House, which was incorporated into the current Palace, as well as the two country houses that pre-dated it.
The full story of the results will be featured in an upcoming issue of our newsletter. Details can also be found on the Time Team web site. www.channel4.com/history/microsites/B/big_royal_dig/index.html