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Magnetometry for Archaeologists (Geophysical Methods for Archaeology) [Hardcover]

Arnold Aspinall , Armin Schmidt , Chris Gaffney
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28 May 2008 Geophysical Methods for Archaeology (Book 2)
Magnetometry for Archaeologists covers the most widely used method for archaeological surveying. Authors Arnold Aspinall, Chris Gaffney, and Armin Schmidt recount the history of magnetometers from their inception through today's state-of-the-art detectors, explain the physics behind the different types of sensors, and describe the most fruitful ways in which the technology can be employed. They also consider the theoretical and practical uses of magnetometry from for many archaeological periods and regions. The reader learns exactly what magnetometry measures, and how knowledge gained from it influences the ways in which surveys are undertaken. The authors also discuss the potential for and the problems associated with the use, display, and interpretation of buried remains. View the book's Acknowledgments.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S. (28 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759111065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759111066
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,052,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The goal of the... book, Magnetometry for Archaeologists, is 'to establish a framework for the significance and understanding of magnetometry with respect to archaeological investigation' (p. 179). The author's goal is clearly met by this book. ... This book is clearly written and well-illustrated... all aspects of the images are explained in the caption, including scale, direction of north, and color ramp. Journal of Anthropological Research By providing a more in-depth treatment of the subject than can be found in general texts, this book is directed at both those with little or no background knowledge and those who want to probe more deeply into the subject. Despite the complexity of the subject, the authors have clearly gone to great pains to make it accessible to non-specialists. It will no doubt find its place amongst other formative texts on archaeological geophysics. It covers the subject in a clear and coherent manner and should be welcomed for that reason alone. -- Ben Gourley, University of York Antiquity A strong introduction to magnetic survey for archaeologists with emphasis on basic magnetic concepts, magnetometer sensor configurations, practical field issues and survey design. The origin and nature of archaeo-magnetic fields and their appearance as "anomalies" in the data is made clear. The numerous data processing and display steps required to render a graphic suitable for archaeological interpretation are described. Archaeological interpretation of magnetic data is addressed in the context of survey case studies. Readable and to the point, this is a useful contribution for archaeologists on a subject that at its core is both multidisciplinary and complex. -- Lewis Somers, Archaeo-Physics

About the Author

Arnold Aspinall is honorary professor in archaeological sciences at the University of Bradford. Chris Gaffney is lecturer at the University of Bradford and editor ofArchaeological Prospection. Armin Schmidt is senior lecturer at the University of Bradford, where he leads the Archaeological Prospection Research Group.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be on every geophysicist's bookshelf 9 Feb 2010
This book is particularly strong at providing information on the physics behind magnetometry with reference to current equipment and commercial techniques. It is an excellent addition to the bookshelf of both the active geophysicist (commercial or research)and the student, and it provides a coherent 'read' or can be dipped into to extract relevant information. The results of magnetometry carried out over a number of different sites has been used to provide very useful examples and investigate the sometimes complex and unpredictable response of the magnetometer to buried archaeological features.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Problems with this book 24 Jan 2012
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This is a well written and apparently comprehensive overview of magnetic methods in archaeology. There are numerous interesting examples of applications. Instrumentation, data collection, data interpretation and presentation are nicely covered. Unfortunately the color plates which are extensively referred to in the text are missing. This does not render the book unusable but it certainly reduces its value.
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