Subject: Geophysics for Archaeologists Short Course - 2nd and 3rd of July 2016

Geophysics for Archaeologists Short Course
When:   2nd and 3rd of July 2016

Where:  Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


Geophysics has become an integral part of archaeological investigations based on the ability of these techniques to non-invasively and rapidly characterise the nature of the subsurface. This short course aims to provide a practical introduction to the common methods used in archaeological geophysics and inspire archaeologists to apply them to their own projects. In addition to developing this understanding of the techniques, instruction will be provided in basic field operation, data processing, data interpretation and geophysical reporting so that course participants will become “educated consumers” of geophysical information. Techniques covered will include ground penetrating radar (GPR), electromagnetic induction (EMI), direct current resistivity, magnetometry, gradiometer and magnetic susceptibility. Hands-on experience for students will include GPR and magnetometry and student will work in small groups to process, interpret and present to their peers geophysical data from an archaeological site. This course will also introduce geomatic techniques essential for modern geophysical investigations such as unmanned aerial photography, surveying and photogrammetry.

Saturday 2 July
9-12 am: Introduction to Geophysical and Geomatic Techniques
1-5 pm: Demonstration of Geophysical and Geomatic Field Equipment

Sunday 3 July
9-10am: Introduction to Geophysical Data Processing and Interpretation
10-3pm: Supervised Data Processing of Magnetometry and GPR Data
3-5pm: Presentation and Discussion of Results

Course participants will use the following freeware, which will be provided via Google Drive prior to the course.

25,000 ₮ for the 2 day workshop. Your payment reserves your spot in the workshop. Space is limited so reserve your spot ahead of time! Contact Julia ( for details on how to make this payment.


Dr Julia Clark
American Centre for Mongolian Studies
(+976) 9414-9155


Dr Ian Moffat in an archaeological scientist has significant experience in high resolution geophysics for the environmental, engineering, archaeological and agricultural industries and is the leading Australian practitioner in the location of unmarked graves. 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. He is a currently the George Chaloupka Fellow at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, was recently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratory of Geophysical–Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeoenvironment at the Institute of Mediterranean Studies in Crete, holds a PhD from the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University, is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer within the Department of Archaeology, Flinders University and an Adjunct Fellow within Southern Cross Geoscience at Southern Cross University. He was previously the Communications and Business Manager of Ecophyte Technologies Pty Ltd, Principal Instructor: Geophysics, Geochemistry and Quaternary Geology at Precipice Training, Consultant at Archaeology Pty Ltd and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science (with honours) for the University of Queensland. He has an extensive publication record and is an associate editor of Geoarchaeology and Science and Technology of Archaeological Research and a former associate editor of the journal Exploration Geophysics. He teaches the only specialist course in archaeological geophysics in Australia at Flinders University.

Dr Ian Moffat
Department of Archaeology, Flinders University
Enim turpis
American Center for Mongolian Studies, 642 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
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