Indigenous Site Surveys

Indigenous Burial Site Surveys – Expert, Respectful Discovery: Serving Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Regina and All of Western Canada

Leveraging Technology and Expertise to Protect Heritage

Discover the past with confidence and respect with Terraprobe's Indigenous Burial Site Surveys in Vancouver. With over 50 years of cumulative technical experience, our certified technicians employ state-of-the-art technology to ensure thorough and sensitive surveys. At Terraprobe, we prioritize precision and transparency in every project.

Recent events in Canada have brought the use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for the purpose of locating potential unmarked burial sites of indigenous people particularly at former residential schools to the forefront of public attention.

Terraprobe has been conducting subsurface GPR surveys since 2001 including many ancient burial site projects. This type of project is challenging and requires the right equipment and experienced personnel to design the survey and interpret the collected data correctly.

Terraprobe staff would be pleased to consult with you about your project to ensure that you understand GPR capabilities and the details surrounding a search for unmarked burial sites.

Why Terraprobe?

Experienced & Certified

More than 50 years of experience with a team of certified technicians.

Advanced Technology

Utilizing state-of-the-art survey technology for precise results

Comprehensive Equipment

Access to a wide range of specialized survey tools

Cultural Respect

A commitment to cultural sensitivity and collaboration with local communities.

Unmatched Service

Dedicated to excellent customer service and clear communication.

About us Archaeology square.jpg

The Importance of Indigenous Burial Site Surveys

Indigenous Burial Site Surveys are crucial for respecting and preserving the cultural heritage of Indigenous communities. Terraprobe understands the sensitivity required for such tasks and approaches each survey with the utmost respect for local traditions and legal requirements. Our services ensure that land developers and governmental bodies can proceed with their projects, fully informed about the cultural significance of their sites.

Our Process

Terraprobe uses the correct radar system and methodology for each survey we conduct - including the Stream-C multi-antenna array system from IDS - the most advanced Ground Penetrating Radar system for sub-surface surveys available today.

Burial Site Locate Methodology

  • When using a single or dual antenna radar system the site survey is conducted using a grid method for data collection. Generally the grid spacing is set at 25cm in order to capture small targets.
  • The collected data is then processed using software designed to collate the data and aid the technician in interpreting the results. The software requires input from a GPR specialist experienced in understanding GPR data analysis for this application.
  • The single antenna systems are also useful in areas with rougher terrain.

Multi-Antenna Array System

  • allows for data to be collected in a single direction with effective 5cm line spacing and avoid the time taken for grid setup and two direction radar scans.
  • The system can be used manually or towed with a small vehicle, increasing the acquisition speed (up to 6 km/h).
  • The Stream-C allows for fast data collection over large areas reducing field time by at least 50% over single or dual system grid methodology.


The GPR data is processed and interpreted to determine the location of anomalies that are likely to be burial locations. This information is then overlaid on a drawing of the the property in question. Terraprobe can also conduct an aerial site survey to produce a photogrammetric map on which the GPR data is overlaid.

Ready to explore with respect?

Contact Terraprobe today to discuss your Indigenous Burial Site Survey needs in Vancouver. Let’s ensure your development respects and preserves history.

Get in touch