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Seeing Beneath the Soil

Prospecting Methods in Archaeology, 1st Edition

By Oliver Anthony Clark, Anthony Clark


196 pages

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Scientific soil prospecting methods can give dramatic pictures of buried archaeological sites, and sometimes information on what occurred within them, before any earth has ben removed. Dr Clark, who was one of the earliest to work in this field, has written the first general survey of an increasingly important area of practical archaeology.

The emphasis is on the principles and practical application of the well established techniques of resistivity, magnetometry and magnetic susceptibility, with shorter sections on emerging and less common techniques such as ground-penetrating radar, electromagnetic methods and phosphate survey.

This paperback edition updates and enhances the earlier book, adding new material such as the large-scale evaluation exercises now required as a precondition of planning consent for major developments.


`A first rate introduction to geophysical prospecting methods in archaeology by one of its pioneers and chief practitioners.' - Oxbow Book News, summer 1990

`this book will signify to many that archaeological geophysics has come of age and it deserves to be read by most field archaeologists' - Mark Noel, University of Durham

`I have no doubt that it will become, and remain, a standard work on archaeological prospection.' - John Musthy, The Antiquaries Journal

`This masterly and lucid exposition of resistivity, magnetometry, magnetic susceptibility, the choice of methods, and the interpretation and presentation of results will be an essential tool for both the experienced practitioner and the novice.' - British Archaeological News, Sept, 1990

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology