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Featured case study: Magnetic prospection for datable materials
Thermal features, such as hearths and burned structures, are often detectable in magnetic surveys. These features are rich sources of archaeological data. In particular, thermal features are sought as sources of datable material. Most often this is carbon for radiometric dating, but they can also provide material to be dated by other techniques, including archaeomagnetism and thermoluminescence. Magnetic surveys can map many features across a site, and these can be targeted specifically for datable materials. This allows more samples to be collected efficiently and with minimal disturbance. The spatial dimension inherent in magnetic survey results can contextualize temporal data, especially on multicomponent sites. While magnetometry is not effective on every site, where it can be applied it has the potential to broaden the range of temporal questions that may be asked, and to help answer them more cheaply and in greater detail. more >>
Archaeo-Physics projects in the news:
- This is why Afton is scanning for ancient Indian burial mounds, Saint Paul Pioneer Press.
- ‘Digless’ archaeology - Mission researching its history, Santa Ynez Valley News.
- Secrets of the stone house, Minneapolis StarTribune.
- New Technologies (and Tires) Reconstruct Ancient Bison Hunts, UA News.
- The Eastep Site Revealed Kansas Preservation News.
- Ground-penetrating radar seeks artifacts, Ventura County Star
- Optical spectroscopy instrument development at two historic Native American sites in Kansas.
- Archaeological geophysics a brief overview for archaeologists
- Integrating geophysical methods in archaeology optimizing research designs and cost-efficiency
- Survey logistics and site preparation
- Interpretation an overview of the interpretive process, locating features in the field, and effective testing of interpretations
- Archaeological site management preserve important cultural data by maintaining good conditions for geophysical survey