Kirtland Air Force Base: Geophysical Studies


This report evaluates the applicability of several near-surface geophysical methods to intrasite archaeological prospection in New Mexico. The Investigations explored the effectiveness of resistivity, gradiometer, magnetometer, ground penetrating radar, and magnetic susceptibility techniques for verifying the presence and nature of architectural and other cultural features at Kirtland Air Force Base. The research involved the application of these techniques to five sites (LA 107488, LA 53672, LA 84429, LA 89364, and LA 108027). The results of the investigation were mixed with no one technique having a clear edge over the others. Excavations targeting specific anomalies yielded a 82% success rate. Based on the results, the study examined the cost effectiveness and the strengths and weaknesses of each technique by assessing its usefulness for detecting different types of sites and features.

Includes "Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology: Investigation at Kirtland Air Force Base - Draft Report" by Timothy M. Deignan (1995).

Cite this Record

Kirtland Air Force Base: Geophysical Studies. James T. Abbott, R. Blake Roxlau, William B. Butler, Howard C. Higgins, Timothy M. Deignan. 1997 ( tDAR id: 468978) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8468978

Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.15; min lat: 34.211 ; max long: -105.26; max lat: 35.15 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Kirtland Air Force Base CRM Manager

Record Identifiers

NPS Contract No.(s): CX1443-1200-92-010

TRC Mariah Project No.(s): 01784

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