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Geophysical investigation of the Slaven’s Roadhouse Site, Yukon-Charley National Preserve, Alaska

Author(s): Ian Buvit ; Thomas Urban ; Robert Jacob ; Steven Hackenberger ; Jeffrey Rasic

Year: 2015

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The Slaven’s Roadhouse Site in the Yukon-Charley National Preserve, Alaska, is a multi-component archaeological site with historic age buildings and a prehistoric record dating to at least 4,000 B.P. The site is located on a deep, stratified river terrace along the Yukon River. Work conducted in 2008 revealed a mid-Holocene age cultural component at a depth of 0.5 m, however, the stratified deposits extend as deep as 6 m and have good potential to contain significant archaeological deposits dating to as early as 14,000 B.P. Locating cultural deposits at such depths posed a challenge for conventional invasive testing, which we attempted to surmount with the use of a battery of geophysical methods. The 2014 investigation included ground-penetrating radar, electromagnetic induction methods at two transmitter-receiver offsets, magnetic gradiometry, and DC resistivity. Preliminary results, presented here, revealed a number of potential archaeological features, some of which are deeper than 4 m.

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Geophysical investigation of the Slaven’s Roadhouse Site, Yukon-Charley National Preserve, Alaska. Thomas Urban, Ian Buvit, Steven Hackenberger, Robert Jacob, Jeffrey Rasic. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397615)


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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America