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Date(s) - 30/10/2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Room 443, Michie Building (#9)

Archaeological Geophysics: To Australia and Beyond

Aaron Fogel, Griffith University

Geophysical investigations of archaeological sites are commonplace in many regions of the world though they remain infrequently applied in Australia until recently. Further, many Australian students have minimal exposure to such techniques as few Australian universities have trained archaeological geophysicists to teach courses in addition to limited instrument accessibility. This paper is designed to provide an introduction to geophysical methods and their widespread applicability to archaeological research. Following a brief introduction to a suite of geophysical methods, recent case studies from archaeological sites associated with University of Queensland researchers will be presented. Results from the sites of Alampra (Cyprus), Bonçuklu and Kültepe (Turkey), as well as several locations in Yangon, Myanmar have demonstrated the utility of these technologies for addressing both methodological and theoretical questions. Beyond these international projects, opportunities exist to test these methods domestically, including locally in Queensland. As such, results from recent independent research projects will also be presented demonstrating the applicability of geophysical instrumentation to both Aboriginal and European archaeology in Australia.

Friday October 30th, 3:00-4:00PM

Room 443, Michie Building, UQ

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