By John Oswin

ISBN-10: 354076691X

ISBN-13: 9783540766919

ISBN-10: 3540766928

ISBN-13: 9783540766926

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 consultant to Geophysics in Archaeology

• explains the procedures considering transparent and obtainable language;

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

• demonstrates the appliance of technology to instruments;

• supplies examples of result of surveys and indicates the way to interpret


• explains soil stipulations measured by way of the thoughts and relates

them to archaeological features.

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

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