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New video explains geophysics, 3D laser scanning and finds processing

What technologies do modern archaeologists turn to? Mark Langdon speaks to experts at Wessex Archaeology to find out about the modern techniques employed at digs

Watch our experts explain how the techniques are used and how archaeology works in the supporting video:

Geophysics is the physics of the Earth and its environment in space. Its subjects include the shape of the Earth, its gravitational and magnetic fields, the dynamics of the Earth as a whole and of its component parts, the Earth’s internal structure, composition and tectonics, the generation of magmas, volcanism and rock formation, the hydrological cycle including snow and ice, all aspects of the oceans, the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and solar-terrestrial relations, and analogous problems associated with the Moon and other planets.

Geophysics is also applied to societal needs, such as mineral resources, mitigation of natural hazards and environmental protection. Geophysical survey data are used to analyze potential petroleum reservoirs and mineral deposits, to locate groundwater, to locate archaeological finds, to find the thicknesses of glaciers and soils, and for environmental remediation.

External links:
British Geophysical Association
Stonehenge Riverside Project
British Academy – Science and Stonehenge – summaries
Wessex Archaeology – One of the UK’s leading heritage practices

Stonehenge Tour Guide
HisTOURies UK – Private Guided Tours of Wiltshire

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