Archaeological Geophysics and Prospection Group

The Archaeological Geophysics and Prospection Research Group started work in October 2009 and is led by Dr. David Jordan. Its work is international and interdisciplinary in focus. 

Most of the things which interest archaeologists, the remains of past cultures, are normally hidden in the ground. Fortunately man-made structures and artefacts differ in their physical, chemical and biological properties from their natural surroundings. Using scientific methods archaeological geophysicists and remote sensing specialists can detect these differences and use them to identify remains in the ground without excavation. This not only saves money and time but it also prevents damage to potentially valuable buried objects by allowing excavation to be carefully planned. Such sensing methods are fast and easy methods to assess the layout and extent of buried remains of settlements and buildings. The Archaeological Geophysics and Prospection Research Group studies the basic properties of such remains and their interactions with their surroundings. Only through a better understanding of these geophysical properties is it possible to predict whether a site is promising enough to warrant the expense and effort of a full scale dig. Such research also makes it possible to anticipate and monitor the destructive change of archaeological remains in the ground.

The working group also develops new instruments and methods for remote sensing, geochemical survey and numerical modelling.   

 

More detailed information about the work of the group is available on the German version of the homepage.