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Electrical resistivity tomography methods for archaeological prospection

Ullrich, Burkart ; Günther, Thomas ; Rücker, Carsten

In: Posluschny, A. ; Lambers, K. ; Herzog, I. (Hrsgg.): Layers of Perception. Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Berlin, 2.-6. April 2007. Koll. Vor- u. Frühgesch. 10. Bonn 2008 25 (Abstract)

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Two advanced applications of electrical resistivity methods in archaeological prospecting are presented. The approach is based on new inversion techniques, which enable the modelling of the resistivity distribution below any arbitrary topography. The results of 2D and 3D electrical resistivity measurements on Tell Jenderes in Northern Syria show images of subsurface resistivity structures, which were not detectable by geomagnetics or GPR methods. The interpreted resistivity structures are related to different settlement phases from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. The new 3D-inversion technique is also useful for data sets of complex resistivity. An example, from a slag heap in Morocco, presents the parameter distribution of a 3D-complex resistivity model deriving from Induced Polarisation (IP) measurements.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2010 17:18
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Alte Geschichte, Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Archäologie
Subject (Propylaeum): Prehistoric Archaeology
Controlled Keywords: Archäologie, Informatik, Computerunterstütztes Verfahren, Computervisualistik, Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Naturwissenschaften
Subject (classification): History of the ancient world to ca. 499