Earth Resistance for Archaeologists

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2013 - Science - 195 pages
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Earth Resistance for Archaeologists, written by the foremost expert in the field, provides archaeologists with the know-how required to exploit the significant potential of earth resistance methods. A wide variety of possible uses are presented, including cases where earth resistance surveys succeeded in mapping buried archaeological remains that magnetometer surveys were unable to detect. Examples include earth resistance data from many archaeological sites, including in England, Scotland, Nepal, Bangladesh, and more. The archaeological features that can be detected through earth resistance methods are varied, ranging from ditches, pits, and grave cuts to stone and brick foundations, and even include whole landscapes. Whereas area surveys were traditionally the most common earth resistance method, depth profiling and vertical imaging have become well-developed tools that allow electrical depth investigations in three dimensions. Both techniques are described in detail and archaeologists will be able to apply them in their work. Content is equally relevant for environmental investigations.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Electrical Currents in the Ground
7
Results from the Homogeneous Ground
27
The Electrical Signature of Features in the Ground
49
Resistivity Imaging
79
Implications for Field Practice
107
Data Treatment
131
Case Studies and Data Interpretation
155
Conclusion
173
Bibliography
177
Index
185
About the Author
195
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Armin Schmidt, a geophysicist and honorary research fellow at Bradford University and Durham University in the United Kingdom, is the world s foremost authority on the use of earth resistance for surveying and mapping archaeological sites.

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