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By John Oswin

This distinctive paintings examines the technology of geophysics operations in archaeology and offers non-specialist scholars either the arrogance and the competence to establish and perform their very own surveys.

A box advisor to Geophysics in Archaeology

• explains the approaches taken with transparent and available language;

• provides a step by step advisor to developing and undertaking a survey;

• demonstrates the applying of technology to instruments;

• supplies examples of result of surveys and indicates tips on how to interpret

them;

• explains soil stipulations measured via the innovations and relates

them to archaeological features.

With many illustrations to give an explanation for the textual content and methods, this publication could be a useful source for experts and non-specialists in archaeological geophysics alike.

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We can overcome this by replacing our DC battery with an AC source. This will make the plus and minus probes swap over faster than the particles can collect around them, so there is no build-up of charge. The second reason concerns the probes. We have assumed that they are perfect, and that there is no resistance between them and the ground, but this is not so. 1 shows how this affects the measurement. 1 You cannot measure ground resistance directly between two probes, because you do not know how much is caused by contact between probe and ground.

The second reason concerns the probes. We have assumed that they are perfect, and that there is no resistance between them and the ground, but this is not so. 1 shows how this affects the measurement. 1 You cannot measure ground resistance directly between two probes, because you do not know how much is caused by contact between probe and ground. 33 A Field Guide to Geophysics in Archaeology Getting current from a metal probe into the ground is quite difficult. There is a ‘contact resistance’ to overcome.

The magnetic properties 23 A Field Guide to Geophysics in Archaeology taken back in by the soil (or stone) will be those of the day it cooled, not those it had previously. The magnetometer can detect that change in properties. There is an added benefit if we can be sure nothing has moved since it cooled. If we can measure the change in alignment of the magnetic properties, we can estimate the year in which the fire occurred by comparing the alignment with curves of known behaviour of the Earth’s magnetic field.

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