Archaeomagnetic dating example

22-May-2020 08:35 by 8 Comments

Archaeomagnetic dating example

The geophysical survey conducted at the Kaims used a hand-pulled fluxgate gradiometer, a type of magnetometer, which measures magnetism.

In this relative dating method, Latin terms ante quem and post quem are usually used to indicate both the oldest and the most recent possible moments when an event occurred or an artifact was left in a stratum.

The magnetic geophysical survey investigated a total area of approximately 2.3 hectares in order to assess the below ground archaeological potential of the Bradford Kaims, conducted as part of our wider investigation of the landscape.

Our investigations integrate excavation, field walking, survey and paleoenvironmental coring to evaluate the extent and nature of human exploitation of this wetland environment.

The fifth area investigated in the survey covered our excavations on the South-Side of the wetland.

The results indicated an archaeological feature which is thought to be another large burnt mound, one of the features found across this site.

We are confident of this interpretation as a small portion of the mound has been excavated in previously seasons.

Part of our remit is to test the accuracy and scope of the geophysics by excavating the anomalies.

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The magnetometer survey was conducted in five areas across the landscape of the Bradford Kaims, both in the wetland areas that are the focus of our current excavations and of the hills surrounding them.

The survey produced a number of magnetic anomalies, suggesting that a wide variety of archaeological features are sitting below the surface.

This is working extremely well, giving huge scope for future work.