Remote Sensing in Archaeology: An Explicitly North American Perspective

Remote Sensing in Archaeology: An Explicitly North American Perspective

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The coming of age of a technology first developed in the 1950s.   All the money spent by the United States space program is not spent looking at the stars. NASA is composed of a vast and varied network of scientists across the academic spectrum involved in research and development programs that have wide application on planet Earth. Several of the leaders in the field of remote sensing and archaeology were recently brought together for a NASA-funded workshop in Biloxi, Mississippi. The workshop was organized specifically to show these archaeologists and cultural resource managers how close we are to being able to “see” under the dirt in order to know where to excavate before ever putting a shovel in the ground. As the book that resulted from this workshop demonstrates, this fantasy is quickly becoming a reality.
In this volume, eleven archaeologists reveal how the broad application of remote sensing, and especially geophysical techniques, is altering the usual conduct of dirt archaeology. Using case studies that both succeeded and failed, they offer a comprehensive guide to remote sensing techniques on archaeological sites throughout North America. Because this new technology is advancing on a daily basis, the book is accompanied by a CD intended for periodic update that provides additional data and illustrations.   with contributions by: R. Berle Clay, Lawrence B. Conyers, Rinita A. Dalan, Marco Giardino, Thomas J. Green, Michael L. Hargrave, Bryan S. Haley, Jay K. Johnson, Kenneth L. Kvamme, J. J. Lockhart, Lewis Somers

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ISBN-13: 9780817380915
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 10/23/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
File size: 33 MB
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About the Author

Jay K. Johnson is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Archaeological Research at The University of Mississippi and editor of The Development of Southeastern Archaeology.  

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 1 Jay K. Johnson 2. The Current and Potential Role of Archaeogeophysics in Cultural Resource Management in the United States 17 J. J. Lockhart and Thomas J. Green 3. A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Remote Sensing Application in Cultural Resource Management Archaeology 33 Jay K. Johnson and Bryan S. Haley 4. Airborne Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis 47 Marco Giardino and Bryan S. Haley 5. Conductivity Survey: A Survival Manual 79 R. Berle Clay 6. Resistivity Survey 109 Lewis Somers 7. Ground-Penetrating Radar 131 Lawrence B. Conyers 8. Magnetic Susceptibility 161 Rinita A. Dalan 9. Magnetometry: Nature's Gift to Archaeology 205 Kenneth L. Kvamme 10. Data Processing and Presentation 235 Kenneth L. Kvamme 11. Multiple Methods Surveys: Case Studies 251 Kenneth L. Kvamme, Jay K. Johnson, and Bryan S. Haley 12. Ground Truthing the Results of Geophysical Surveys 269 Michael L. Hargrave 13. A Comparative Guide to Applications 305 Jay K. Johnson

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