SA DIVISION ACTIVITIES
Next General Meeting
6:15 pm Thursday 18th February 2016
(refreshments served from 5:30)
Dr Ian Moffat
will speak on
Mapping Ancient Greek Cities with GeophysicsNew advances in geophysical survey methods have facilitated the rapid and non-invasive assessment of geographically extensive archaeological sites. This presentation discusses multi-technique investigations at the classical Greek cities of Elis and Mantinea. This research utilised magnetometry, electromagnetic induction, ground-penetrating radar, soil resistivity and high-resolution aerial photography, with a particular focus on mapping the street network of these cities. These investigations substantially extended the estimated size of Elis and provided new information about the urban planning of Mantinea. This result is significant because it would be impractical to map buried features on this scale using conventional archaeological excavation, meaning that hypotheses about the spatial organisation of ancient Greek cities could be rigorously tested for the first time.
Dr Ian Moffat is an archaeological scientist who uses geophysical, geochemical, geoarchaeological and geomatic techniques. He will be an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide from 2016 focused on using archaeological rock shelter sediments as climate archives. He was formerly a Postdoctoral Researcher at IMS-FORTH and holds a PhD from the ANU and a BA and BSc (Hons) from UQ. He has worked as a consultant at Archaeometry and Ecophyte Technologies and as a field course instructor at Precipice Training. His research interests include landscape scale geophysical investigation of archaeological sites, 3D modelling of rock art with photogrammetry, locating unmarked graves with geophysics and novel isotope methods for archaeology.
Sprigg Lecture Theatre
The University of Adelaide
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