Interpreting Ground-penetrating Radar for Archaeology

Interpreting Ground-penetrating Radar for Archaeology

by Lawrence B Conyers


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Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has become one of the standard tools in the archaeologist's array of methods but users still struggle with understanding what the images tell us. In this book-- illustrated with over 200 full-color photographs-- Lawrence Conyers shows how results of geophysical surveys can test ideas regarding people, history and cultures as well as being used as a way to prospect for buried remains. Using 20 years of data from more than 600 GPR surveys in a wide array of settings, Conyers, one of the first archaeological specialists in GPR, provides the consumer of GPR studies with basic information on how the process works. He show how the plots are generated, what subsurface factors influence specific profiles, how the archaeologist can help the surveyor collect optimal data, and how to translate the results into useable archaeological information.

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ISBN-13: 9781611322163
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lawrence B. Conyers is a professor of anthropology at the University of Denver, Colorado. He received BS and MS degrees in geology and geophysics from Oregon State and Arizona State Universities respectively. His PhD degree is in anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before working with ground-penetrating radar in archaeological applications he spent seventeen years in petroleum exploration and development using seismic techniques.

Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Basic Method and Theory of GPRChapter 3: A Personal History of GPR InterpretationChapter 4: Geological ComplexitiesChapter 5: Cultural ComplexityChapter 6: Attenuation and Depth of PenetrationChapter 7: Historic SitesChapter 8: Graves and Cemeteries Chapter 9: Prehistoric SitesChapter 10: Caves, Tunnels and Void SpacesChapter 11: Using GPR Interpretations to Understand PeopleChapter 12: Interpretation in Collaborative VenturesChapter 13: ConclusionReferencesIndex

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