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Advances in Archeological Prospection

Non-destructive Investigations

May 18 - May 22, 2020

Albia, IA

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Students receiving instruction in the use of ground penetrating radar.

Students receiving instruction in the use of electrical resistivity.

Register NowDESCRIPTION:  This workshop is designed to provide a practical application of geophysical equipment and aerial photographic techniques available for the identification, evaluation, and ultimately, the conservation and protection of cultural resources.  The field exercises associated with the course will concentrate on the application of these techniques to archeological investigations.  Instruction will be given in the use, processing, and interpretation of data from magnetometers, conductivity meters, resistivity meters, ground penetrating radar, metal detectors, and magnetic susceptibility instruments and their applications to non-destructive subsurface investigations.  The major emphasis of the training will be on the field use of the equipment.  Instruction will also be offered in the use of and interpretation of aerial photographic techniques, and in the use of low altitude large scale aerial reconnaissance. 

Geophysical techniques provide a means of non-destructive investigations for archeological surveys.  These techniques utilize physical principles to study the earth through indirect interpretation of the earth’s physical properties.  Geophysicists interpret the Earth’s physical characteristics using physical, electrical, and/or chemical measurements.  Active geophysical techniques are based on responses from an induced signal used to detect contracts in different material properties.  Such techniques include electromagnetics (EM), ground penetrating radar (GPR), metal detectors, electrical resistivity, and seismic.  Passive techniques are based on responses from the natural conditions.  These techniques include magnetics, gravity, and self potential (SP).  The course will provide an opportunity to learn about non-destructive geophysical techniques for archeological investigations including advantages and disadvantages of such techniques.

CO-Sponsors:  National Park Service: Midwest Archeological Center and National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

PARTICIPANTS:  Federal, State, and Local governmental cultural resource managers and specialists (i.e., archeologists, historians, architects, and contracting personnel) as well as private contractors, university professors and students, and international cultural resource personnel, with specific responsibilities concerning the identification, evaluation, conservation, protection, and management of archeological and other cultural resources across the nation.  Due to limitations of space, participation in the workshop is limited to 50 participants.

POTENTIAL INSTRUCTORS:  Course instructors in the past have included Dr. Lewis Somers, Geoscan Research USA; Dr. Jarrod Burks, Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.: Dr. Kris Lockyear, University College London; Dr. Rinita Dalan, Minnesota State University-Moorhead; Dr. Dean Goodman, Geophysical Archaeometry Laboratory, Dr. Tommy Hailey, Northwestern State University; Dr. Douglas Scott (retired), Midwest Archeological Center; Dr. Kenneth Kvamme, University of Arkansas; Mr. David Wilbourn, DW Consulting; and Dr. Rory Becker, Eastern Oregon University .

COURSE DATES:  The workshop is planned for May 18-22, 2020.  Additional information on the workshop and lodging is available from the National Park Service (Steven De Vore, Course Coordinator–phone: (402) 437-5392, ext. 141).  Lodging will be at the Indian Hills Inn & RV Park in Albia, Iowa.  The cost for the lodging is $79.00 per night plus tax.  The lectures will be at a meeting room at the Indian Hills Inn.  The field exercises will take place at the Buxton Townsite in Bluff Creek Township in northern Monroe County.  Buxton was a coal mining camp in south central Iowa.  The Consolidated Coal Company, a subsidiary of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Company, established the town in 1900 and lasted until approximately 1924.  The community was racially integrated consisting of European immigrants and a majority population of African Americans recruited from southern states.  Co-sponsors for the workshop include the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.  This will be the thirtieth Register Now with the Friends of NCPTT (3rd Party Registration)year of the workshop dedicated to the use of geophysical, aerial photography, and other remote sensing methods as they apply to the identification, evaluation, conservation, and protection of archaeological resources across this Nation.  The workshop will present lectures on the theory of operation, methodology, processing, and interpretation with on-hands use of the equipment in the field. 

COST:  There is a $475.00 charge for course registration.  Lodging and meals will be the responsibility of the participant. 

FUTHER INFORMATION: For further information about this course, please email Tad_Britt@nps.gov or call him at (318) 521-5641. Credit card payment will be made through the Friends of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training through PayPal.


Since workshops and conferences fill quickly, please sign up as early as possible. If you need to withdraw from an event, you must contact the organizer in writing via email at tad_britt@nps.gov or fax (318) 356-9119.

Cancellations more than 30 days prior to an event will be fully refunded less a $30 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations within 30 days of the event, but funds may be credited towards a future NCPTT event. If the Friends of NCPTT must cancel an event, you may choose a full refund of the registration fee or a credit for a future Friends of NCPTT event.

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Tad Britt


Indian Hills Inn & RV Park
100 US-34, Albia, IA 52531 United States
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