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Archeological Prospection Workshop, 2003

"Current Archeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century," co-sponsored by the Midwest Archeological Center and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, was held during the week of May 19 to May 23, 2003, at Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois.   The course provided an introduction to the selection and application of various instruments with potential use in management and analysis of archeological resources. See below for a list of instructors and staff.

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Dan, Dean and Ken with ground penetrating radar unit Group photo: all participants and instructors, with reconstructed palisade in background Ken uses the conductivity meter Jim discusses tools for low-altitude aerial photography
Participant with conductivity meter, with insulating cover to keep thermal drift to a minimum Bruce demonstrates the pole-pole resistivity system Bruce talks about setting up a geophysical grid system Workshop project area, with grid layout, course participants and reconstructed northeast palisade. Taken from Monks Mound
Ken discusses features of a proton magnetometer; Monks Mound in background Doug demonstrates the Ohm mapper Mark with the conductivity meter Rinita with down-hole susceptibility logger prototype
Graduate student demonstrates the homemade resistance meter she has used to map at Cahokia Kelsey instructs participants in the use of a cesium gradiomter, shown with sensors on a vertical staff Mike holding fluxgate gradiometer Kelsey using the resistance meter with multiplexer attachment for multiple depth readings
Cesium gradiometer with censors on horizontal boom Aaron and Kelsey using the cesium gradiometer on vertical staff Single fluxgate gradiometer in use Dual fluxgate gradiometer system in use, collecting two lines of data in a single pass
University of Mississippi modified RM15 resistance meter; parallel probe array multiplexer collects four lines of data in single pass Jarrod demonstrates mapping with a total station Wade showing off the multiprobe resistivity system Jennifer and Jarrod demonstrate the resistivity meter
Doug walks participants through the application of metal detectors Lew demonstrates the new fluxgate gradiometer Berle with the dual fluxgate gradiometer system Mark and Aaron using the sensors and software of another ground penetrating radar system


List of Instructors:

Dr. Bruce Bevan (Geosight, Weems, VA)
Jarrod Burks (National Park Service, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Chillicothe, OH)
Dr. Berle Clay (Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., Lexington, KY)
Dr. Rinita Dalan (Minnesota State University, Moorehead)
Dr. Dean Goodman (Geophysical Archaeometry Laboratory, Woodland Hills, CA)
Doug Groom (Geometrics, San Jose, CA)
Dr. Michael L. Hargrave (Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL)
Wade Kress (U.S. Geological Survey, Nebraska District Office, Lincoln)
Dr. Kenneth Kvamme (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)
Jennifer Pederson (National Park Service, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Chillicothe, OH)
Dr. Douglas Scott (National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln)
Dr. Lewis E. Somers (Geoscan Research USA, Sea Ranch, CA)
Mark A. Vendl (Field Services Section, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago, IL)
James W. Walker (Pleasant Grove, UT)
Daniel Welch (Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc., North Salem, NH)

Course Coordinator:
Steven DeVore (National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, NE; steve_de_vore@nps.gov)

Technical Assistants:
Aaron Fogel (Fargo, ND)
Kelsey Lowe (Fargo, ND)
Marlene Walker (Pleasant Grove, UT)

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Staff:
Dr. Mark Esarey, Director (cahokiamounds@ez1.com)
Bill Iseminger, Public Relations Director (cahokiamounds@ez1.com)

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