Day School: Archaeological Geophysics

Ref: C3741218

This course uses case studies from geophysics projects undertaken in and around Berkshire to explain the theory and practice of geophysics surveys. This includes laying out survey grids and collecting and interpreting data to identify archaeological anomalies.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To explain how geophysics is used to identify archaeological remains and to give attendees the confidence to participate in a resistivity or magnetometer survey

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain how to set up a grid for a geophysics survey
  • Explain how to collect data with a resistivity meter and a magnetometer
  • Explain how to process the data collected during a survey and identify anomalies which probably represent archaeological remains.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Teaching methods will include working in pairs, class discussions, and short exercises to apply what has been learned.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • You may want to read: Gaffney, C. and Gater, J. 2006. Revealing the Buried Past Geophysics for archaeologists. Stroud: Tempus Publishing Ltd.

What can I do next?

  • You will be invited by the Berkshire Archaeological Society to participate in a geophysics survey

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Day School: Archaeological Geophysics

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