Pricking probe as a complementary technique in archeological prospecting

S. Szalai, I. Lemperger, M. Pattantyús-Á, L. Szarka

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Abstract

We present an original geophysical method, the so-called pricking probe, and demonstrate its usefulness in an archaeological prospecting study. By using this technique, we easily found in the subsurface the remnants of a Paleochristian sepulchral chapel, in spite of dense undergrowth. Later, in the same, already mopped-up area we carried out detailed and systematic pricking probe measurements, and also geoelectric, magnetic and georadar mappings. As we found in the given field experiment, the pricking probe technique is competitive to other methods, considering both its imaging and economic properties. It proved to be the first-second most powerful method. The main advantages of the pricking probe method are as follows. 1. its field procedure and data processing are simple, cheap and quick; 2. the method can be applied even among the most unfavourable field conditions (bad weather, extreme topography, dense undergrowth, etc.), 3. it is nature-friendly (the area has not to be mopped-out), 4. it is effective. Moreover, it provides complementary information to the geoelectric and georadar maps. On the basis of our experiments we recommend a combined application of the pricking probe technique and of one of the relevant standard geophysical method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNear Surface 2009 - 15th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
PublisherEuropean Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE
ISBN (Print)9073781728, 9789073781726
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009
Event15th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics of the Near Surface Geoscience Division of EAGE, Near Surface 2009 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Sep 7 2009Sep 9 2009

Publication series

NameNear Surface 2009 - 15th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics

Other

Other15th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics of the Near Surface Geoscience Division of EAGE, Near Surface 2009
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period9/7/099/9/09

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Szalai, S., Lemperger, I., Pattantyús-Á, M., & Szarka, L. (2009). Pricking probe as a complementary technique in archeological prospecting. In Near Surface 2009 - 15th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (Near Surface 2009 - 15th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics). European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE.