GPR Applied to Archaeological Investigations for Transportation Projects
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Proceedings: 2006 Conference on Applied Geophysics
Jonathan B. Shawver*, GEOVision Geophysical Services, Inc., Corona, California;
Robert M. Orr, Wilbur Smith Associates, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Paper – [pdf] 2006 Shawver Orr-archaelogical
Most transportation engineers rely on some fashion of archaeological impact report when
designing new transportation right-of-ways or expansion. Large transportation projects including areas with historical significance or sensitivity may not be planned with adequate budgetary concerns for detailed archaeological excavation. This involves a detailed historical documentation research, when available, and may require careful excavation. A properly planned geophysical survey is a cost-effective means of screening these sensitive areas prior to earthwork or excavation. Three case histories are discussed highlighting projects where a geophysical survey was incorporated to screen proposed right-of-way alignments for unmarked burials.