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EAA 2017 - session on geophysics in archaeological prospection

posted 7 Mar 2017, 18:46 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 7 Mar 2017, 18:46 ]
Dear all,

At the upcoming EAA conference in Maastricht, we are hosting a session the implementation and of geophysics in archaeology. The main focus lies on how to critically introduce and fully integrate geophysical prospection into the archaeological workflow, both in research as well as in a developer-led context.

The session is entitled: “Method, theory and interpretation: towards an integrated framework for archaeological geophysics”.  Session ID 367 (Please find the full session abstract below), and will be associated with session no. 331 on general archaeological prospecting (entitled: Silent traces of the past. Interpreting results from archaeological prospection. Organised by Eelco Rensinck & Christoph Keller).

Further general information is available on the conference website.

Feel free to pass this along and if any further questions arise, do not hesitate to contact me!

Best regards,



Session 367: Method, theory and interpretation: towards an integrated framework for archaeological geophysics.

The application of geophysical prospection methods in archaeology has increased considerably over the past decade. A broad range of near-surface geophysical techniques has become a standard part of the archaeological toolbox. In landscape studies, particularly, these methods are surging, as novel approaches allow the non-invasive investigation of increasingly larger areas, at ever finer resolutions. Consequentially, geophysical prospection methods are leaving their mark on archaeological practice and theory, and are already affecting interpretive archaeological frameworks. 

In this session, we call to field archaeologists, geophysical prospectors, researchers and heritage professionals for contributions on current trends in archaeo-geophysical prospecting and their implementation into archaeological research frameworks. Specific focus will be on the analytical potential of geophysical datasets for scientific- as well as developer-led archaeology, and to which extent the (non-)application of geophysical techniques is warranted here. Debates on the interpretive advantages and limitations of these non-invasive approaches are welcomed, together with case studies that exemplify how geophysical methods can be used as an integral part of the archaeological work-flow. Presenters are encouraged to go beyond technological advancements, and critically assess the methodological and theoretical effects of archaeo-geophysics on current archaeology. In that context, this session aims to define the impact of geophysical prospection methods on shaping, preserving and disseminating archaeology for the years to come.

Philippe De Smedt 
Research Group Soil Spatial Inventory Techniques 
Ghent University 
Coupure 653 
B-9000 Ghent (Belgium) 
Tel. + 32 (0)9 264 6042 
Skype: ph_desmedt_ugent