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A Field Guide to Geophysics in Archaeology (Springer Praxis Books) [Kindle Edition]

John Oswin

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Book Description

Geophysics operations in archaeology have become well known through exposure on television. However, the technique is presented as the action of specialists and something of a mystery, where people walk about with strange contraptions, and results appear from a computer. This is not the case, however. Some scientific knowledge is needed in order to understand how the machines work and what they detect but otherwise it is only necessary to know how to handle the instruments, how to survey a field and how to interpret the computer results. This book provides all the relevant information. It explains geophysics operations in archaeology, describes the science that gives the soil properties to measure and the means by which the instruments make their measurements.

Dr John Oswin is in charge of the geophysics operation of the Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society and his work has recently been the subject of a television programme. He has taught many students how to use geophysical equipment.

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From the reviews: “In his new work, Oswin (head, geophysics operations, Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society, UK) provides an excellent introduction to geophysics as applied to archaeological survey. … The appendixes are also quite useful as ‘user manuals’ for four common instruments and three popular data processing software programs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels.” (L. D. Frame, Choice, Vol. 47 (5), January, 2010)

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This unique work examines the science of geophysics operations in archaeology and gives non-specialist students both the confidence and the competence to set up and carry out their own surveys.

A Field Guide to Geophysics in Archaeology

• explains the processes involved in clear and accessible language;

• gives a step-by-step guide to setting up and carrying out a survey;

• demonstrates the application of science to instruments;

• gives examples of results of surveys and shows how to interpret


• explains soil conditions measured by the techniques and relates

them to archaeological features.

With many illustrations to explain the text and techniques, this book will be an invaluable resource for specialists and non-specialists in archaeological geophysics alike.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3678 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg; 1 edition (21 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R5102C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,290,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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