Introduction

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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Abstract

Artifacts, architecture and other remains of human use and adaptations to environmentally-defined landscapes are generally termed cultural landscapes. These are often buried and difficult to find and study, especially over broad areas. Geophysical tools, when accompanied by and correlated to information obtained from excavations is one way to expand knowledge of human activities over these large areas. Ground-penetrating radar can produce images in two and three-dimensions that define geological and anthropogenic units and features if those materials in the ground generate radar reflections from layer surfaces. The composition and extent of those materials is often discernable using magnetometer analysis, as that method produces images and discrete measurements of differences in the magnetic properties of some of the units that reflect radar energy. If the two methods are merged and evaluated in small areas first, where much can be determined about units and features of interest, this information can be projected over a wide area in order to understand broad natural landscapes and human activities in the past that occurred on and within them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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