ARCH06038 2013 GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYING AND PROCESSING (THEORY)

General Details

Full Title
GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYING AND PROCESSING (THEORY)
Transcript Title
GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYING (T)
Code
ARCH06038
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Author(s)
Martina McCarthy
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology
Description

This module will cover the theoretical principles behind geophysical prospecting and remote sensing as these techniques are applied to archaeological situations.  This module will also cover the applications of various computer programs that allow the processing of geophysical data and its integration with other forms of information.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Describe the basic principles of the main geophysical techniques that might be applied in an archaeological context

2.

Evaluate the merits and limitations of different geophysical prospection methods, data processing and interpretation

3.

Theorise, plan and develop geophysical solutions to archaeological problems

4.

Demonstrate basic knowledge of the use and application of dedicated computer programs for processing and presenting geophysical data

5.

Analyse, evaluate and draw conclusions from geophysical data obtained in the field and/or data presented in problem-solving exercises

6.
Communicate data and concepts related to geophysical survey in archaeology using written, graphical and oral media

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Introduction to geophysical prospection in archaeology including a history of archaeological geophyscis
  2. Examination of the reasons for geophysical survey in archaeology and reasons for choice of method
  3. Writing a geophysical report and reviewing geophysical reports
  4. Introduction to the concept of an integrated survey methodology and the importance of an accurately located geophysical survey grid
  5. Introduction to magnetic prospection
  6. The magnetic susceptibility technique, principles, instrumentation, survey procedure, data processing requirements and case studies
  7. The magnetic gradiometry technique, principles, instrumentation, survey procedure, data processing and case studies
  8. Introduction to resistivity survey
  9. The resistivity technique, principles, instrumentation, survey procedure, data processing and case studies
  10. Electrical imaging and tomography, principles, instrumentation, survey procedure, data processing and case studies
  11. The ground probing radar (GPR) technique, principles, instrumentation, survey procedure, data processing and case studies
  12. Data and image processing, interpretation and integration of results with archaeological data

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Literature review/case study review Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % UNKNOWN 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % UNKNOWN 1,2,3,5,6
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Aspinall, A., Gaffney, C., Schmidt, A. Magnetometry for Archaeologists (2008) ISBN-10: 978-0-7591-1106-6 Altamaria Press. Plymouth

Clark, A. 1990, Seeing Beneath the Soil. London; Batsford (2nd edition 1996)

Conyers, L., Goodman, D. (1997) Ground Penetrating Radar: An Introduction for Archaeologists. ISBN-10: 0761989277. Altamira Press. Plymouth

David A, Linford N, Linford P, 2008. Geophysical survey in archaeological field evaluation. Product Code 51430. English Heritage Publishing. PDF version available on line at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/pdf/GeophysicsGuidelines.pdf

Gaffney, C., Gater, J., Ovenden, S. 1991, The Use of Geophysical Survey Techniques in Archaeological Evaluations. Institute of Field Archaeologists

Gaffney, C. and Gater, J. 2003, Revealing the Buried Past: Geophysics for Archaeologists. Tempus.

Scollar I, Tabbagh A, Hesse A, and Herzog I. 1990. Archaeological Prospection and Remote Sensing, Cambridge University Press

Witten, A. (2006) Handbook of Geophysics in Archaeology. ISBN-10 1904768601. Equinox Publishing

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

None