Geophysical Surveys in Archaeology: Guidance for Surveyors and Sponsors
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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The last few years have seen a significant increase in the use of geophysical techniques by archaeologists in the United States working in both academic settings and Cultural Resources Management CRM. Since 1995. the Engineer Research and Development Center ERDC Construction Engineering Research Laboratory CERL has made a concerted effort to assist the Department of Defense DoD in making efficient use of geophysics in managing the cultural resources at a number of installations. This report provides a set of guidance documents and decision support tools to help CRM managers and field practitioners. particularly those working at DoD installations. make effective use of geophysical techniques. The ATAGS Automated Tool for Archaeo-Geophysical Survey software tool. described in this report. allows the user to develop an effective survey design or a geophysical survey at a particular site. ATAGS produces a detailed report that also provides guidance on project management. ATAGS is presently designed for use in the Midwest and Plains regions of the United States. Those working in the Mid-south and interior South will also find ATAGS useful. The survey designs are intended for geophysical instruments manufactured by Geoscan Research USA. but can also be used with minor revision with all comparable instruments.
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