Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has become one of the standard tools in the archaeologist's array of methods, but users still struggle to understand what the images tell us. In this book-illustrated with over 200 full-color photographs-Lawrence Conyers shows how results of geophysical surveys can test ideas regarding people, history, and cultures, as well as be used to prospect for buried remains. Using 20 years of data from more than 600 GPR surveys in a wide array of settings, Conyers, one of the first archaeological specialists in GPR, provides the consumer of GPR studies with basic information on how the process works. He show how the plots are generated, what subsurface factors influence specific profiles, how the archaeologist can help the surveyor collect optimal data, and how to translate the results into useable archaeological information.
Lawrence B. Conyers is a professor of anthropology at the University of Denver, Colorado, USA. He received BS and MS degrees in geology and geophysics from Oregon State and Arizona State Universities respectively. His PhD degree is in anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before working with ground-penetrating radar in archaeological applications he spent seventeen years in petroleum exploration and development using seismic techniques.
Preface Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Basic Method and Theory of GPR Chapter 3: A Personal History of GPR Interpretation Chapter 4: Geological Complexities Chapter 5: Cultural Complexity Chapter 6: Attenuation and Depth of Penetration Chapter 7: Historic Sites Chapter 8: Graves and Cemeteries Chapter 9: Prehistoric Sites Chapter 10: Caves, Tunnels and Void Spaces Chapter 11: Using GPR Interpretations to Understand People Chapter 12: Interpretation in Collaborative Ventures Chapter 13: Conclusion References Index