Evaluation of a Multi-Sensor Platform in a Large-Scale Geophysical Survey at Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site, Ireland

Brady, Conor and Hill, Ian and Barton, Kevin and Williams, Liam and Krajňák, Martin (2013) Evaluation of a Multi-Sensor Platform in a Large-Scale Geophysical Survey at Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site, Ireland. In: ‘Non-destructive approaches to complex archaeological sites in Europe: a round-up’Radiopast Colloquium, 15-17 January 2013, University of Ghent, Belgium.

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This poster presents comparative results from the first use of the Geophysical Exploration Equipment Platform (GEEP) in Ireland in carrying out a multi-sensor survey in the vicinity of a possible Neolithic passage tomb known as Site E in the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site. Brú na Bóinne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been an important ritual, social and economic centre for thousands of years. Much research has been undertaken in the area, including large-scale excavations at the Neolithic passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. However we still lack an in-depth understanding of the site’s broad range of archaeological monuments, and the landscape and communities that shaped them. To date there has been no systematic large-scale use of ground geophysical techniques although a number of successful spatially discrete geophysical surveys have been carried out. The landscape has many large, open fields under pasture or tillage suitable for systematic large-scale ground geophysical survey. Such a survey, integrated with the interpretation of other available remote sensing data is an obvious next step in the investigation of this internationally important landscape. The evaluation was successful and the results from the GEEP dataset will be presented with a comparative study of data collected by traditional hand-carried magnetic gradiometry, earth resistance and magnetic susceptibility surveys.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Archaeology; Geophysics; Remote sensing; Caesium vapour; GEEP
Subjects: Arts and Humanities > Archaeology
Research Centres: Other
Depositing User: Conor Brady
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2013 09:11
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:10

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