Chapter 23: Applications of Ground-Penetrating Radar, Magnetic and Electrical Mapping, and Electromagnetic Induction Methods in Archaeological Investigations
Harald Von Der Osten-Woldenburg, 2005. "Applications of Ground-Penetrating Radar, Magnetic and Electrical Mapping, and Electromagnetic Induction Methods in Archaeological Investigations", Near-Surface Geophysics, Dwain K. Butler
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The Geophysical Service of the Archaeological Division of the State Antiquities Department in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, employs various geophysical methods for surveying archaeological sites: magnetic mapping, electrical mapping, electromagnetic induction (EMI), and ground-penetrating radar (GPR). These techniques are used not only for preparation of excavations but also, and mainly, for the documentation of sites, which, hopefully, will remain untouched and thus be preserved for the future.
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Near-surface geophysics uses the investigational methods of geophysics to study the nature of the very outermost part of the earth’s crust. Man interacts with this part of the earth’s crust: he walks on it; he drills and excavates into it; he constructs structures on and in it; he utilizes its water and mineral resources; and his wastes are stored on and in it and seep into it. The very outermost part of the Earth’s crust is extremely dynamic-in both technical (physical properties) and nontechnical (political, social, legal) terms-which leads to both technical and nontechnical challenges that are much different than the challenges faced by “traditional” applications of geophysics for regional geologic mapping and for oil and gas exploration (see Chapter 2).