Mr Martyn Barber

Mr Martyn Barber

Project Role

Aerial reconnaissance, documentary and archive research


Martyn Barber is currently Senior Investigator, Aerial Survey & Investigation at English Heritage (Swindon). He spent several years working for the late, lamented Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME) until its merger with English Heritage on April Fool's Day 1999.  While with RCHME he co-authored books on two different kinds of Neolithic monuments - flint mines and causewayed enclosures.

Outside work, an interest in Bronze Age metalwork resulted in the publication of 'Bronze and the Bronze Age'. He is the author of a forthcoming book on the history of aerial archaeology (to be published in the autumn of 2011 by English Heritage), and is co-author (with Helen Wickstead) of a series of journal articles and conference papers exploring the history of aerial vision and mapping from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

He is currently researching (again with Helen Wickstead) an international history of archaeological geophysics, which traces its affinities beyond the conventional boundaries of archaeology, placing its activities within the wider context of Cold War science.


A History of Aerial Photography and Archaeology: Mata Hari’s Glass Eye and Other Tales

M Barber. 2011. English Heritage. 
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