I am an archaeological geophysicist and IT pioneer, initially trained as a physicist with a PhD from the RWTH Aachen, Germany. I have applied novel methods of geophysical prospection worldwide from Ecuador to Iran, Nepal and Japan, working as a researcher, and consultant to UNESCO. I am is Founder and Honorary Secretary of the International Society for Archaeological Prospection (ISAP), as well as co-founder of the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) and of the Bradford Centre for Archaeological Prospection (B-CAP).
My specialisations are in near-surface geophysics for archaeological prospection and geoarchaeology; geodata processing; and computer applications in archaeology. My main archaeological interests are Middle-Eastern prehistory and South Asian archaeology.
I have written books on geophysical data in archaeology, and on magnetometer and earth resistance surveys for archaeologists.
After obtaining a physics PhD from the RWTH Aachen, Germany, I worked in the Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford (UK) from 1993 to 2010 as a Senior Lecturer, leading the archaeological geophysics research group after Arnold Aspinall's retirement. In 2010 I founded GeodataWIZ, which specialises in advanced processing and visualisation of geodata and geoinformatics. I holds honorary appointments with the archaeology departments of the University of Bradford and Durham University.
Schmidt, A., Paul Linford, Neil Linford, Andrew David, Chris Gaffney, Apostolos Sarris and Jörg Fassbinder 2015.
Guidelines for the use of Geophysics in Archaeology: Questions to Ask and Points to Consider.
Namur: Europae Archaeologia Consilium (EAC).
Details and download on the ISAP Web site.
Schmidt, A. 2013. Earth Resistance for Archaeologists.
Lanham: AltaMira Press.
Publisher's web page.
The book is available from Amazon.
Schmidt, A. 2013.
ADS Guide to Good Practice: Geophysical Data in Archaeology - 2nd fully revised edition.
Oxford: Oxbow Books.
The book is available from
Oxbow and from
Wiki version is Open Access.
Selection of journal articles:
Schmidt, A. & G. Tsetskhladze 2013.
Raster was Yesterday: Using Vector Engines to Process Geophysical Data.
Archaeological Prospection 20(1): 59-65.
DOI: 10.1002/arp.1443 (subscription required),
Quigley, M., M. Fattahi, R. Sohbati & A. Schmidt 2011.
Palaeoseismicity and pottery: investigating earthquake and archaeological
chronologies on the Hajiarab alluvial fan, Iran.
Quaternary International 242(1): 185-195.
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.04.023 (subscription required).
Schmidt, A., M. Quigley, M. Fattahi, G. Azizi, M. Maghsoudi & H. Fazeli 2011.
Holocene settlement shifts and palaeoenvironments on the Central Iranian Plateau:
investigating linked systems.
The Holocene 21(4): 583-595.
DOI: 10.1177/0959683610385961 (subscription required),
Coningham, R., P. Gunawardhana, M. Manuel, G. Adikari, M. Katugampola, R. Young,
A. Schmidt, K. Krishnan, I. Simpson, G. McDonnell & C. Batt 2007.
The state of theocracy: defining an early medieval hinterland in Sri Lanka.
Antiquity 81(313): 699-719.
DOI: 10.1017/S0003598X00095673 (subscription required)