Geophysical Explorations at a Reservoir Site in Southwestern Oklahoma


The erosion and subsequent looting of archaeological materials from reservoir sites has long been a cause for concern. The damming of rivers results in the inundation of prehistoric camp and burial sites. Human remains and associated burial goods are a favorite of looters, and are frequently exposed by the rise and fall of reservoir waters. This project employs geospatial analysis of the Lake Altus-Lugert reservoir in southwestern Oklahoma to locate high-risk sites before they are exposed to looters. In addition to point plotting, surface collection, and metal detection, three geophysical methods are used, gradiometry, electrical resistivity, and ground-penetrating radar. Primarily through the use of gradiometry and ground-penetrating radar, 28 areas were pinpointed for testing. The results of this testing will assist in determining a future protocol for dealing with reservoir sites and burial recovery in this region.

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Geophysical Explorations at a Reservoir Site in Southwestern Oklahoma. Jenna Domeischel, Leland Bement, Scott Hammerstedt. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397855)

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Geographic Keywords
North America - Plains

Spatial Coverage

min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;