Tom Goskar

Black and white photo of Tom Goskar

I am an archaeologist and audiovisual specialist for the Curatorial Research Centre.  I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

I specialise in research, visualisation and reconstruction, 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry, surface analysis, digitisation, and web technologies.

From late 2001 until early 2012 I worked for Wessex Archaeology in Salisbury, UK.

I the past I have worked in the archives at Surrey History Centre and as a teenager I was an assistant in an antiquarian bookshop. I’ve been professionally involved with heritage for my entire career.

Heritage Action published an interview with me, as part of their “Inside the Mind Of” series in February 2013.

Below is a list of my publications, talks and lectures to give an overview of the breadth of my work. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Research areas

My current research includes prehistoric landscapes and monuments, early medieval crosses and inscribed stones in Cornwall, and the application of 3D photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) technologies within archaeology to recover inscriptions, rock art, and other worn or eroded details.

I studied at the University of Southampton, where I achieved a BA in Archaeology and an MSc in Archaeological Computing.


  • Goskar, T. A., A. Carty, P. Cripps, C. Brayne & D. Vickers. (2003). The Stonehenge Laser ShowBritish Archaeology, 73,9-15.
  • Carty, A., Goskar, T.A. (2005). Surveying Knowlton Church and Henge using 3D Laser ScanningArchaeoptics.
  • Goskar, T.A. (2006). Podcasting the PastPodcast User Magazine, 11, 26-28.
  • Goskar, T. A., McHarg, C. (2006). Walk to work learning about old DorsetBritish Archaeology, 86. (on Web 2.0 and archaeology)
  • Goskar, T. A. (2006). Wessex Archaeology and Flickr: How We Use Web 2.0Culture24 (Formerly 24 Hour Museum: feature article).
  • Goskar, T. A., Brayne, C. (2008). A long history of arrivals and departuresBritish Archaeology, 98.
  • Isaksen, L., Goskar, T. A., Cripps, P. (2008). Making People BelieveBritish Archaeology, 100, 20-27. (A history and review of archaeological computing)
  • Goskar, T. A. (2009). Using the Web to reach wider audiences. Institute for Archaeologists Yearbook and Directory 2009, 29-31.
  • Goskar, T. A. & Earl, G. P. (2010). Polynomial texture mapping for archaeologistsBritish Archaeology, 111, 28-31.
  • Goskar, T. A. & Cripps, P. (2011). Interactive Landscape Relighting. Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, Archaeology Special Interest Group Newsletter (Spring 2011), 4-5.
  • Goskar, T. A. (2012). Amesbury Archer to Archaeocast: Wessex Archaeology and the Web, in Bonnachi, C. (ed.) Archaeology and Digital Communication, Towards Strategies of Public Engagement, London: Archetype.
  • Goskar, T. A. (2014). Rock Art at Carwynnen Quiot. In: Richards, P & Nowakowski, J (ed). A monument like no other: The Restoration of Carwynnen Quoit, St Austell: The Sustainable Trust, pp 21.
  • Goskar, T. A. & Brown, M. P. (2016). The Gulval Evangelists. British Archaeology, 146.
  • Jones, A. M. & Goskar, T. A. (2017). Hendraburnick ‘Quoit’: recording and dating rock art in the west of Britain. Time & Mind, Vol 10, No 3. Taylor & Francis.
  • Jones, A. M. & Goskar, T. A. (2017). Carvings and bright lights at Hendraburnick Quoit. British Archaeology, 158, 38-43
  • Goskar, T. A. (2018). A little less mute: 3D laser scanning prehistoric rock art and early medieval inscribed stones in Cornwall. In: Jones, A. M. & Quinnell, H. (ed). An Intellectual Adventurer in Archaeology: Reflections on the work of Charles Thomas, Oxford: Archaeopress, pp 175-182.

Book Contributions

Preston-Jones, A. & Okasha, E. 2013. Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, XI, Early Cornish Sculpture. OUP/British Academy.
(Contribution of 4 plates, identification of early medieval carvings and their symbolism on a cross-base in Gulval, and commentary on photogrammetry methodology).


Royal Academy of Arts, London (2007): Audio/visual installation for the Society of Antiquaries at “Making History – Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007”, a 3D fly-through of the Stonehenge landscape using LiDAR, a panoramic view of Stonehenge from the centre, and a 3D visualisation of close-range laser scan data showing the rock art and graffiti.

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury (2008): Audio/visual installation for the Society of Antiquaries at “Making History: 300 Years of Antiquaries in Britain“, a 3D fly-through of the Stonehenge landscape using LiDAR, 3D visualisation of the skull and bones of the Amesbury Archer demonstrating metric techniques, and 3D visualisation of WWI & WWII graffiti carved into trees on Salisbury Plain.

Papers, Talks, Lectures

  • Computer Applications in Archaeology UK (CAAUK) conferences in the UK (2003-2006).
  • Joint paper at the British Academy in April 2004 upon the findings of our “Stonehenge Laser Scan” project, where we discovered long lost carvings on the most studied stone (Stone 53) at Stonehenge.
  • Lecture at King’s College, Taunton in 2004 on “Lasers and Archaeology”.
  • Paper with the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) Director, Mike Heyworth, on Web 2.0 and Archaeology at the IFA Conference in Edinburgh, April 2006.
  • Lecture at the Museums Association “Digital Dialogues” conference in June 2007 on “Podcasting – should museums listen?” at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Lecture to CBA Wessex at Salisbury Museum on 3D Visualisation in Archaeology, Summer 2007.
  • Lecture at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London: “Using digital technology to visualise the past” (with Stuart Eve, L-P Archaeology/UCL), January 2011.
  • “Challenges and possibilities for the adoption of Reflectance Transformation Imaging in the UK’s commercial archaeology sector”. Digital Transformations: New developments in cultural heritage imaging at The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford, 25 February 2011.
  • Talk at the University of Falmouth’s Academy of Innovation and Research (AIR) on Digital Archaeology. Penryn Campus, 31 May 2013.
  • Talk for the Cornwall Archaeological SocietyDigital surface recording in archaeology: some recent case studies from Cornwall. Truro, Cornwall, 7 November 2013.
  • Lecture for the MA Public Archaeology course at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL: Digital Public Engagement. London, 17 March 2014.
  • Talk for the Cornwall Archaeological SocietyDo you see what I see? Examining 3D data in archaeology. Truro, Cornwall, 5 November 2015.
  • Talk with Mary Ellery (Chair of the Morrab Library) for the Rotary Club of PenzanceThe Morrab Library Photographic Archive. Penzance, Cornwall, 17 March 2016.
  • Talk for Kernow DAT (Dev/Art/Tech): 3D capture in archaeology. Penzance, 15 September 2016.
  • Lecture for the Cornwall Archaeological Society annual conference, Archaeology in Cornwall:New Light on Inscribed Stones in West Penwith. Penzance, 26 November 2016.
  • Lecture for Café Scientifique, Redruth3D Technologies in Archaeology. Redruth, 19th January 2018.


I have contributed to the MA in Public Archaeology at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology through a lecture to students and via the CASPAR seminar series.

I have contributed to the MSc course in Archaeological Computing at the University of Southampton (2005-2009), and lectured to continuing education  students at Birkbeck College, London.