A Field Guide to Geophysics in Archaeology by John Oswin

By John Oswin

This certain paintings examines the technological know-how of geophysics operations in archaeology and offers non-specialist scholars either the boldness and the competence to establish and perform their very own surveys.

A box consultant to Geophysics in Archaeology

• explains the approaches excited about transparent and available language;

• provides a step by step advisor to establishing and engaging in a survey;

• demonstrates the appliance of technology to instruments;

• provides examples of result of surveys and exhibits the best way to interpret


• explains soil stipulations measured via the options and relates

them to archaeological features.

With many illustrations to provide 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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As it is flipped back and forth between normal and saturated states, the magnetic field – in this case the Earth’s magnetic field – is alternately pulled in and driven out of the tube, and the changing field can be detected as an 21 A Field Guide to Geophysics in Archaeology electrical signal in a coil of wire. That signal can be measured very accurately, so even a tiny change in the starting magnetic field can be measured very accurately and very quickly. This provides another means of measurement.

We think of magnets creating a magnetic field around them, where the forces can be felt. The strength of the field can vary from tiny to massive. When magnets are placed in each other’s field, they will try to move to find positions which need the lowest energy to hold them there. We are used to the idea that the Earth has a magnetic field when we use a compass to find North. The compass is a magnetic detector, but is too crude and insensitive to meet our needs in archaeological geophysics. It works because it is a magnet which can swivel.

29 A Field Guide to Geophysics in Archaeology If you are using ordered waves, for instance from a laser, it can be easier to sort out the reflections from the scattering. We have seen in this section that light is only part of a much wider spectrum of electromagnetic waves, which includes radio and radar. We have looked at some of the basic properties of these waves, such as speed and wavelength, and seen how they may be spoiled by bending, absorption or by scattering. This concludes Chapter 2.

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