Skip to Main Content
Book Chapter

Issues of scale in archaeogeophysical research

By
Rinita A. Dalan
Rinita A. Dalan
Search for other works by this author on:
Published:
January 01, 1993

The scale of application of geophysical methods in archaeology has been quite limited in comparison to exploration geophysical surveys employed in engineering, hazardous-waste, ground-water, oil and gas, and mineral research. Archaeogeophysical projects have been directed toward discovering or detailing archaeological features that are generally smaller in scale and occur over a relatively smaller range of sizes than the features of interest in exploration geophysics.

It is suggested that the interplay of scale of application with both research orientation and limitations of the geophysical methods has worked to constrain the use of geophysical technology in archaeology. By expanding the scale of archaeogeophysical research beyond the traditionally defined discrete archaeological feature, archaeologists can more fully exploit the potential of this technology. The use of geophysical methods to investigate both broad- and small-scale archaeological phenomena and the problems and prospects of such research are illustrated with data from the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in southwestern Illinois.

You do not currently have access to this article.

Figures & Tables

Contents

GSA Special Papers

Effects of Scale on Archaeological and Geoscientific Perspectives

Julie K. Stein
Julie K. Stein
Search for other works by this author on:
;
Angela R. Linse
Angela R. Linse
Search for other works by this author on:
Geological Society of America
Volume
283
ISBN print:
9780813722832
Publication date:
January 01, 1993

References

Related

Citing Books via

Related Book Content
Close Modal
This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal