Archaeology and Ground Penetrating Radar
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This paper explains that, for innumerable years, the only way to develop effectively an archaeology site was by the laborious and area-disturbing digging of trial sites; however, today, computer technology presents the ability to see what the terrain looks like beneath the surface. Next, the author describes the development of ground penetrating radar (GPR) devices, which are classified as remote sensing tools. The paper illustrates its application at known archeology sites, such as Memphis in Egypt, and its use to examine construction sites before excavation to be sure that valuable archeological information is not destroyed.
From the Paper:"These continuous readings display a picture of the earth below its surface, on an imaging screen and can also be recorded and or copied to provide a physical reference that coincides with the structural grid used to delineate the area where the radar is being employed. The grid itself is often associated with GPS location tracking but in the past has been associated with other measures, such as existing landmarks. Above (right) is a photograph of an early GPR device, being utilized on a dig site in Egypt to determine what might exist in an area surrounding a pyramid."
Sample of Sources Used:
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