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Field Archaeologist in Residence Lecture

Joseph Kovacik, (Independent Scholar and Field Archaeologist in Residence at the McDonald Institute for Lent 2018) - Hidden traces, empty spaces : large scale geochemical survey of archaeological sites using hand-held XRF
When Feb 13, 2018
from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street
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Abstract:

Over the past four years we have been undertaking large-scale geochemical surveys at archaeological sites within north-central France that are being mitigated within commercial archaeology contexts. These surveys range in size from a few hundreds of square meters to over five hectares. In all cases, the results confirm the potential of hhXRF to show the complexity and variety of human activity, identifying not only where animals were kept, or areas of metal production, but also clarifying the internal organization of buildings, and that the use of "empty space" changes over time. However, import questions remain regarding methodology, scale, and interpretation, in particular when looking at these empty spaces.

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