Review of geophysical applications: In Australian archaeology

Lowe, Kelsey M. (2012) Review of geophysical applications: In Australian archaeology. Australian Archaeology, 74 (74). pp. 71-84. ISSN 0312-2417


Multidisciplinary approaches are now commonplace in the investigation of archaeological sites worldwide. Consequently, geophysics has become an increasingly important tool for reconstructing past landscapes and investigating research questions. However, despite their acceptance internationally, in Australia the use of geophysical techniques on archaeological sites has been underutilised. This paper examines the history of archaeological geophysics in Australia and seeks to understand, given their potential advantages, the role that factors such as costs, time, instrument availability and lack of theoretical knowledge have played in the under representation of these methods in local archaeological investigations to date. With the recent introduction of short courses in archaeological geophysics to at least one Australian tertiary institution, this review is a timely overview of where this discipline has been, what it has to offer and whether there is potential for Australian archaeologists to develop the skills necessary to conduct archaeological geophysic investigations, as their international counterparts do already, in the future.

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Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 05:13
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Uncontrolled Keywords: archaeological sites; geophysics; Australia; archaeological geophysics;
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210104 Archaeology of Australia (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430103 Archaeology of Australia (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
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