Introduction

  • Dean Goodman
  • Salvatore Piro
Chapter
Part of the Geotechnologies and the Environment book series (GEOTECH, volume 9)

Abstract

Initially when ground penetrating radar was applied to archaeological problems beginning in the mid 1970s (Bevan and Kenyon 1975; Bevan 1977; Vickers and Dolphin 1975), there quickly developed great expectations that the ultimate tool to alleviate the need for excavation had been invented and archaeologists would no longer need to dirty their nails! For years many embraced these myths about GPR and “blindly” began applying this new technology without understanding its essential capabilities and limitations. The archaeologist’s early beliefs were that GPR was equivalent to an X-ray of the ground. Some of these myths were and still are perpetuated today. Hollywood films showing fake GPR equipment yielding the ultimate 3D image of dinosaurs skeletons generated from a single pass of radar – looking even clearer than the best MRI imaging that could be achieved at a top notch hospital – helps to keep the false capabilities of GPR alive.

Keywords

Time Slice Overlay Analysis Ground Wave Single Channel System Hollywood Film 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dean Goodman
    • 1
  • Salvatore Piro
    • 2
  1. 1.Geophysical ArchaeometryLaboratory Inc.Woodland HillsUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Technologies, Applied to Cultural HeritageNational Research CouncilRomeItaly

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