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Metal Detecting as a Preliminary Survey Tool in Archaeology

Author(s): Sarah A. Grady ; Laura Cripps

Year: 2015

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Smithsonian citizen scientists have surveyed several 18th and 19th century sites using conventional archaeological methods along with a metal detector as a non-invasive way to explore site structure. Metal detecting is a cost-effective, preliminary method of survey and can be used to aid in identifying and delineating site locations. This paper will discuss our survey findings in relation to a 17th century site, where subsequent magnetometer survey and excavations confirmed our initial conclusions drawn from the metal detector survey.

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Metal Detecting as a Preliminary Survey Tool in Archaeology. Sarah A. Grady, Laura Cripps. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434075)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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