Geophysical Prospection of Archaeological Sites

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Introduction

Different geophysical methods are used for detection, classifying and documentation of various archaeological objects.




The project Geophysical Prospection of Archaeological Sites of the government of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, was started in the end of 1991 by the author. Up to now methods used are: Geomagnetics, Geoelectrics, Electromagnetic Induction and Ground Penetrating Radar.

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An overview of the instrumentation used for geophysical surveys is given in the following table.
 
 

Method Equipment / Instruments

Ground Penetrating Radar 

 

SIR-3000 manufactured by GSSI

antennas used: 200 MHz, 400 MHz, 500 MHz, 900 MHz, 1500 MHz

Electromagnetic Induction 

 

electromagnetic instruments:

EM-61 and EM-38 from Geometrics  

multifrequential instruments

Geomagnetics 

 

Fluxgate Gradiometer:

FM-36 (1991-2004), FM256 (2004-2010): Geoscan Research

FEREX 4.032 4-channel gradiometer: Institute Dr. Foerster

 

Cs-Gradiometer:

Cs-3 sensors: Scintrex, electronics: picodas Group

Geoelectrics 

 

Resistivity-Meters:

RM-15 from Geoscan Research and Syscal R2 from Iris Instruments  

"semi-self-made" tomographic instruments


 
 

NOTE: No informations on the locations are given in those cases where no excavations were carried out so far, but where the results may be of great interest for people loving digging for their own at unusual hours....



 
 


© Harald von der Osten-Woldenburg, Ph.D.

Updated: Apr/15/2013