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Issues of scale in archaeogeophysical research

Rinita A. Dalan
Issues of scale in archaeogeophysical research (in Effects of scale of archaeological and geoscientific perspectives, Julie K. Stein (editor) and Angela R. Linse (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (1993) 283: 67-78


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.

ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 283
Title: Issues of scale in archaeogeophysical research
Title: Effects of scale of archaeological and geoscientific perspectives
Author(s): Dalan, Rinita A.
Author(s): Stein, Julie K.editor
Author(s): Linse, Angela R.editor
Affiliation: University of Minnesota, Institute for Rock Magnetism, Minneapolis, MN, United States
Affiliation: University of Washington, Department of Anthropology, Seattle, WA, United States
Pages: 67-78
Published: 1993
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 0-8137-2283-7
References: 39
Accession Number: 1994-003135
Categories: Quaternary geologyApplied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch maps
N37°00'00" - N42°30'00", W91°30'00" - W87°30'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 199402
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