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Anthony Corns

Technical Manager

I graduated in Geology & Physical Geography BSc (Hons.) from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1997. Following this I obtained an MSc in Geographic Information Science from The University of Edinburgh in 1999, researching the predictive modeling of burst water mains in conjunction with United Utilities. In 2005 I was elected a full member of the Institute of Irish Surveyors and am a member of IRLOGI (Irish Organisation for Geographical Information).

I worked for the Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) where I was GIS technician for the First Edition Survey Project (FESP).

I began work with the Discovery Programme in January 2001 as GIG/IT Manager where I have extend and improved the impact GIS has to make on many of the disciplines within archaeological research. Research projects within the Discovery Programme that I have initiated or collaborated on include:

  • Development of GIS techniques and standards for the analysis and visualisation of archaeological monuments and landscapes.
  • Research and development of the establishment and use of spatial data infrastructures (SDI) in cultural heritage
  • Digital archiving methodology and practices in cultural heritage
  • Development of remote survey techniques for the three dimensional recording of monuments and landscapes, including digital photogrammetry, and high resolution airborne LiDAR.
  • Advanced 3 dimensional modeling of artefacts, monuments and landscapes.
  • Application and development of geophysical techniques and methodology in the recording of subsurface archeological features.
  • Development of excavation and field work databases and data standards
  • Construction of Cultural Portal Software for the use in construction of Heritage.
  • Development of Web Applications for the open access to archaeological data
  • Development of appropriate techniques for the creation of historic landscape charaterisation.
  • European Project Experience:
    • Participation in EU IST 5th framework research project (Heritage for All)
    • Management committee for COST Action A27: Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes (LANDMARKS)
    • Member of Irish Steering Committee for DARIAH
    • Currently management member and major contributor to the Culture 2007-2013 funded ArchaeoLandscapes project running from 2010-2016.


Corns, A. & Shaw R. 2010, Cultural Heritage Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) - Unlocking the Potential of our Cultural Landscape Data, In Proceedings of the 30th EARSeL Symposium: Remote Sensing for Science, Education Natural and Cultural Heritage, (ed.) Rainer Reuter, (

Corns, A., Shaw R. & McAuley, J. 2009. Archiving Archaeological Spatial Data: Standards and Metadata, Proceedings of the 37th Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference (

Corns, A. & Shaw R. 2009. High resolution 3-dimensional documentation of archaeological monuments & landscapes using airborne LiDAR, in Journal of Cultural Heritage, Vol. 10, Supplement 1, pp72-77

Corns, A. & Shaw R. 2009 Up in the air: 3D modeling of archaeological landscapes from aerial photography. In J Fenwick (ed.) Lost and Found, Volume 2, Wordwell Publishing, Dublin

Corns, A, Fenwick. J, and Shaw, R. 2008. More than meets the eye, In Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 22, No. 3, Issue No. 85, pp 34-38
Corns, A. and Shaw R. 2008, The application of digital vertical aerial photogrammetry in the recording and analysis of archaeological landscapes . In Geoinformation Technologies for Geo-cultural Landscapes: European Perspectives, CRC Press

Corns, A. and McNeary, R. 2008, Ireland. In Landscape as Heritage – The Management and Protection of Landscape in Europe, a summary by the Action COST A27 LANDMARKS, Bern (Geographica Bernensia G79) G 79, 299 pp

Corns, A. & Shaw R. 2007 Earthwork excavation: scanning archaeological excavations. In 3D Laser Scanning for Heritage: Advice and guidance to users on laser scanning in archaeology and architecture, English Heritage Publishing, London

Corns, A., McNeary, R., Shanahan, B. and Shaw, R. 2006 Rathcroghan and Carnfree, Co. Roscommon (Ireland) In Journeys through European landscapes, Lévêque, L., M.R. del Árbol, L. Pop & C. Bartels (eds)

Brady, N., Corns, A., McNeary, R., Shanahan, B. and Shaw, R. 2005 A survey of the priory and graveyard at Tulsk, Co. Roscommon. In Discovery Programme Reports 7, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin

Anthony Corns and Oliver McHugh 2003 The development of an ontological application for archaeological narratives, Presenting and Exploring Heritage on the Web. Proceedings of the 14th International Database and Expert Systems Applications Workshop, IEEE Press, 2003,110 – 114

Anthony Corns and Oliver McHugh, ‘CIPHER - Internet cultural portals and the development of an Irish cultural heritage forum, The E-way into the Four Dimensions of Cultural Heritage, CAA2003, Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, BAR Series 1227, Archaeopress, UK