David Jordan



ORDCID number: 0000-0003-0579-3348

I'm a soil physicist with particular expertise in detecting objects and materials buried near to the surface of the ground.

I have a very diverse background in business, consultancy, government service and academia so I tend to see problems from many different points of view which helps me to create and to communicate solutions.

I teach university students and in public forums, I research fundamental questions of understanding soil physical behaviour, I develop new geophysical technologies and I work with the police and others concerned to detect hidden threats and forensic evidence. For light relief I also map buried archaeological remains.

My particular interest in the SAGA project is in the analysis and numerical modelling of the electrical conductivity of soils and archaeological deposits.


Cootes, K, Thomas, M. Axworthy, J, 
Jordan, D. and Carlin, R., (2021) Blood is thicker than baptismal water:
A late medieval perinatal burial in a small household chest",
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 31(3), 358-365

Y.J. Choi, J. Lampel, S.
Fiedler, D. Jordan, T. Wagner, 2020 A new  method for the identification of archaeological
soils by their spectral signatures in the vis-NIR region, Journal of
Archaeological Science: Reports, Vol. 33, 102553, ISSN 2352-409X,

S. et al., 2013 The Palaeoanthropocene – The beginnings of anthropogenic environmental
change Anthropocene, 3: 83-88

D, 2013 A Geoarchaeologist view of aerial archaeology Aerial Archaeology
Research Group, 2013

M., Jordan D. and Buess M., 2011 Amiternum. Eine archäologische Regionalstudie
zum zentralen Abruzzenraum. Vorbericht zur Sommerkampagne 2009 Kölner und
Bonner Archaeologica, 2011 (1)

Heinzelmann, D. Jordan, C. Murer, 2010, Amiternum and the upper Aterno valley:
a Sabine-Roman town and its territory, Journal of Roman Archaeology 23: 55-83