Geophysics Blog

Ecophyte Technologies Prize in Archaeological Geophsyics 2009

Congratulations to Paul Bladon for winning the Ecophyte Technologies Prize in Archaeological Geophysics in 2009. Paul’s project work on locating unmarked burials at the Meadows’ Wesleyan Cemetery was of an exceptionally high standard which allowed him to just scrape past an exceptionally competitive field to top my subject ARCH8307 “Introductory Archaeologicial Geophysics”. Please don’t hestiate […]

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Upcoming Short Course

Just a quick reminder that my “Introduction to Archaeological Geophysics” short course is running on 10 December just before the Australian Archaeology conference being held at Flinders University. The course is a great introduction to this topic, as you’ll get a basic introduction to geophysical techniques and their application to archaeological problems followed by a […]

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Introductory Archaeological Geophysics

Hi all,Just a quick reminder that my Introductory Archaeological Geophysics topic is running from 21 September to 2 October this year at Flinders University. This course is designed to give archaeologists or other interested people without a geophysics background an introduction to collecting, processing and interpreting geophysical data with a particularly focus on archaeological sites. […]

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The Geophysical Detection of Historic Graves

Figure One: A gravestone in the Meadows Wesleyan cemetery, South Australia The location of unmarked graves is an urgent concern for local councils, heritage managers and archaeologists. Every town has a cemetery or two and often these fall into disuse leading to the destruction or removal of headstones and the loss of burial records. These […]

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Otoliths: High Resolution Paleoenvironmental Records

Otoliths, otherwise known as fish ear bones, have the potential to provide a high resolution record of paleoenviromental change through stable isotope geochemistry. These aragonite accretions grow continually through the life of the host fish and their stable isotope ratios and trace element composition are affected by the changes in the compositon of the surronding […]

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New MALÅ Distributor in Australia

Mala GPR Australia is a new authorised distributor of MALÅ Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) systems in Australia. This new company is run by Mads Toft, formerly senior geophysicist for Alpha Geoscience, who has significant experience in environmental geophysics. MALÅ is the global leader in the design and manufacture of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) systems. They […]

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Archaeological Geophysics Course in Adelaide

I’d like to let everyone know that I’ll be running a course in archaeological geophysics at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia from 21 September to 2 October 2009. This course is run as a masters topic within the graduate coursework program in archaeology/cultural heritage management within the Department of Archaeology and aims to give non-specialists […]

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Vehicle Requirements for Remote Area Fieldwork

I was asked recently for my thoughts about the minimum equipment requirements for a vehicle used for remote area fieldwork in Australia. This is a difficult request, because the specific requirements for different areas are different, as is the definition of what people consider “remote area” to be. I have done most of my remote […]

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Researcher Profile: Ian Moffat

I thought I’d make my first researcher profile an introduction to me and my research interests. I’m interested broadly in applying techniques such as geophysics, geochemistry and sedimentology to archaeological sites. My research is strongly field focused and takes place around Australia and internationally. I’m currently a PhD candidate within the Research School of Earth […]

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In Praise of Magpick: Free Gridding Software

I’d like to use this post to draw your attention to Magpick, a free program for the gridding of geophysical (or any other) data. This program is available for download for free from Geometrics at this location. Magpick was initially developed by Mikhail Tchernychev at the University of Hamburg in spring 1996 as a simple […]

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