Ground-penetrating Radar for Archaeology

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Rowman Altamira, 2004 - Science - 203 pages
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A newer edition of this book is available for ordering at the following web address: https: //rowman.com/ISBN/9780759123489 Much has happened to the practice of ground-penetrating radar since the publication of the first introductory book for archaeologists by Larry Conyers (with Dean Goodman) in 1997. In this successor volume, Conyers succinctly and clearly lays out for archaeological practitioners the theory behind, and applications of, ground-penetrating radar as a non-invasive method of subsurface prospection. Designed to turn archaeologists into good consumers of GPR results, this book describes the technology, the equipment, the analysis and interpretation necessary to produce usable results. Examples from GPR projects throughout the world help show how these techniques can improve archaeological practice. Equally important, he explains the limitations of the method and ways it can be improperly used by inexperienced field workers. Advances in computer simulation, statistical modeling, virtual reality techniques, and data integration that have improved the utility of the method are also described.
 

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Contents

Archaeological Geophysics
5
GEOPHYSICAL METHODS FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL MAPPING
7
HISTORY OF GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
8
ARCHAEOLOGICAL GEOPHYSICS TODAY AND THE GOALS OF THIS BOOK
10
INTRODUCTION TO GROUNDPENETRATING RADAR
15
HISTORY OF GPR IN ARCHAEOLOGY
20
GPR THEORY AND PRACTICE
27
GENERATION AND RECORDING OF GPR WAVES
30
LABORATORY MEASUREMENTS OF RDP
114
ANALYSIS OF POINT SOURCE REFLECTION HYPERBOLAS
119
VELOCITY ANALYSES CONCLUSIONS
120
POSTACQUISITION DATA PROCESSING
123
SCALE CORRECTION AND THE CREATION OF REFLECTION PROFILES
124
REMOVE HORIZONTAL BANDING
127
REMOVAL OF HIGHFREQUENCY NOISE
129
REMOVAL OF MULTIPLE REFLECTIONS
130

ACQUISITION PROCEDURES
32
COLLECTION OF TRANSECTS IN GRIDS
38
DATA RECORDING
41
ANTENNA VARIABLES
43
RADAR PROPAGATION AND REFLECTION IN THE GROUND
49
RADAR PROPAGATION AND REFLECTION COMPLICATIONS
72
GROUNDPENETRATING RADAR EQUIPMENT AND ACQUISITION SOFTWARE
85
SETUP PARAMETERS
88
VELOCITY ANALYSIS
103
REFLECTED WAVE METHODS
106
DIRECTWAVE METHODS
109
INCREASE THE VISIBILITY OF SUBTLE REFLECTIONS
133
DATA PROCESSING CONCLUSIONS
135
INTERPRETATION OF GPR DATA
137
SYNTHETIC GPR MODELS
138
INTERPRETING AND MAPPING MANY GPR REFLECTION PROFILES IN A GRID
148
AMPLITUDE ANALYSIS IN SLICE MAPS
152
Conclusion
169
References
179
Index
201
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Lawrence B. Conyers presently teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver and conducts geophysical research at archaeological sites throughout the world. He is coauthor of Ground-Penetrating Radar: An Introduction for Archaeologists.

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