From the Air to the Atomic Level of a Ditch: Integrating Geophysical and Geochemical Survey Methods at the Prehistoric Cropmark Complex of Forteviot (Perthshire, Scotland)

Cuenca-Garcia, C. , Jones, R. , Hall, A. and Poller, T. (2013) From the Air to the Atomic Level of a Ditch: Integrating Geophysical and Geochemical Survey Methods at the Prehistoric Cropmark Complex of Forteviot (Perthshire, Scotland). In: 10th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection (AP2013), Vienna, Austria, 29 May - 2 Jun 2013, pp. 129-133.

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Abstract

It is generally appreciated that the detection of archaeological features through geophysical survey can vary depending on local geological and soil conditions; however, the influence of these variables has rarely been explained satisfactorily. Presented here are the results of a comparative analysis exploring the relationship between soil chemistry and the detection of archaeological features by routine geophysical survey techniques over a cropmark site in Perthshire, Scotland. The results not only provide a nuanced understanding of the character of the archaeological features surveyed, but also begin to develop a better understanding of how the setting of a site may affect geophysical and geochemical datasets. This case study forms part of a NERC PhD project that investigates the integration of geophysical and geochemical methods at five contrasting archaeological sites in Scotland.

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Keywords:Archaeological geophysics, geochemical survey, Scottish prehistory, Neolithic, cropmarks
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jones, Dr Richard and Hall, Dr Allan and Cuenca-Garcia, Dr Carmen and Poller, Dr Tessa
Authors: Cuenca-Garcia, C., Jones, R., Hall, A., and Poller, T.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology
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