Research land before you go metal detecting on it.

Cornwall Council Mapping

This is unquestionably the best tool for land research in Cornwall. You can use this to highlight important locations. Incredibly simple layers that may be found in the drop-down menu on the left. It shows everything from buildings to battlefields, click here to be taken to their website.

Devon County Council Environment Viewer

Similar to the Cornwall mapping above, but for Devon. We can highlight locations of interest, change the map type, and so on. Click here to be taken to their website.

Dorset Explorer

Again, different from to the other two this is the Dorset version. There are few more options for maps available with this one, click here to be taken to their website

Lidar Finder

LiDAR is a technology which uses laser light to create a 3D representation of the earth’s surface. In other words it can be used to find archaeological features such as mounds, walls and ditches. These normally remain hidden and not visible using other methods. Click here to be taken to their website

Side by side georeferenced maps viewer

The National Library of Scotland website has a side-by-side map viewer, allowing you to compare old maps with the present. This dual-viewer also has two cursors, so you can accurately pin-point a specific location with ease between two maps. Simply select the historic map on the left and choose a style of modern map you wish to compare it to on the right. Click here to be taken to their website.

Heritage Gatway

The Heritage Gateway is the only place where you can search across national and local heritage information datasets to find an overview of England’s historic environment. Click here to be taken to their website.


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