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By John Oswin

This targeted paintings examines the technology of geophysics operations in archaeology and provides 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 methods eager about transparent and available language;

• supplies a step by step consultant to establishing and undertaking a survey;

• demonstrates the appliance of technological know-how to instruments;

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


• explains soil stipulations measured via the concepts and relates

them to archaeological features.

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

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You may also come across frames with all four probes mounted at equal spacing. It is most likely that these will be arranged with the outer probes passing the current and the inner probes measuring the voltage. 3. People have also tried mounting the probes as spikes on the wheels of a cart, to form a ‘square’ array, front wheels for current, back wheels for voltage. It sounds easier to tow the device like this rather than carrying it, but it is not so easy in practice, particularly through long grass or over rough ground.

If there is a change in the magnetic field, the energies of atoms in that field will no longer be at their lowest and there will be a change to find that lowest state. In the process, energy will be given off, and if we can detect that energy, we will know how much the magnetic field has changed. There have to be enough atoms to give a measurable amount of energy, and it will take a finite time for the energy levels to change and for the released energy to get to the sensors, so this is a relatively slow process.

We use two probes to measure the voltage and two other probes to measure the current, so each measurement should in theory see the same contact resistance effects so that they cancel out. In science, this is often called a resistance bridge. Fortunately, this works well in practice too, although in some very dry soils there may be discrepancies from probe to probe, and this will give a wrong reading. One of the skills of resistance measurement is recognising when that happens. We now have four probes, and we have to arrange them so that they give a measurement and so that we can easily move them from point to point.

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