Mike Tite finished his BA in Physics in 1960 at the University of Oxford, where he also received his doctors degree about Thermoluminescence dating at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art 1964. After his work at the Department of Ceramics, University of Leeds as research fellow the Department of Physics, University of Essex as lecturer and the Research Laboratory at the British Museum he gained a professor ship of Archaeological Science at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art/Oxford from 1989–2004. He was still a DPhil student during his earliest involvement in archaeological prospection. He was actively involved in development of first proton gradiometer («bleeper»), and proton magnetometer surveys at archaeological sites (Iron Age hillforts, pottery kiln sites, iron smelting sites including in Nigeria). Between 1964–1971 he took responsibility for the proton magnetometer survey at the Iron Age/Romano-British town of Dragonby, Lincolnshire, surveying an area of some six hectares, and from 1967–1975 he undertook research with Chris Mullins into (1) principles of electromagnetic surveying (continuous current and pulsed induction systems) for detection of archaeological features and (2) factors determining the magnetic susceptibility of archaeological soils in England and Italy with Richard Linington. From 1992–1995 he supervised a DPhil project concerning the use of ground penetrating radar for detection of archaeological features. In 2010 he assisted in magnetometer and resistivity surveys at the Minoan cemetery on Crete.