Magnetometer surveys in archaeological research in Papua New Guinea: Keveoki 1, Gulf Province

Ian Moffat, Bruno David, Bryce Barker, Alois Kuaso, Robert Skelly, Nick Araho

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    Abstract

    A magnetometer survey was conducted on the abandoned village site of Keveoki 1, near the Vailala River, Gulf Province, PNG. The survey, using a single sensor proton precession magnetometer, was successful in locating and defining the boundaries of areas confirmed by excavation to contain dense assemblages of pottery. The combination of geophysical and excavation results allowed a broader understanding of the spatial distribution of human occupation at Keveoki 1 than would have been possible based on excavation or visual field walking alone. We suggest this technique should be applied more regularly.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-22
    Number of pages6
    JournalArchaeology in Oceania
    Volume46
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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