CANCELED: Third Sunday Archeology: Geophysics and Remote Sensing

Geophysics and Remote Sensing in Great Plains Archaeology

Event Details

Date: January 19, 2020

Times: 2 p.m.

Location: Froiland Science Complex 113A

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

Sunday's Third Sunday event is canceled due to bad weather conditions.


January's installment of Augustana's Third Sunday Archeology Program will feature speaker Geoff Jones, archeological geophysicist and co-founder of Archaeo-Physics in Minneapolis. His discussion on subsurface geophysics and remote sensing in Great Plains archaeology will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Froiland Science Complex 113A/B.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question/answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Subsurface geophysics and remote sensing are fundamentally changing archaeological research. These developing technologies provide new views of archaeological sites and landscapes and of what lies beneath the surface. These methods are also non-destructive, making them important for preservation and for studying cemeteries and other sensitive sites.

Case studies from sites on the Great Plains will be presented to illustrate the different methods and their archaeological potential. These will include a range of historic and pre-contact sites. Application concerns for archaeologists, such as integration into research design and site management will be discussed.

Geoff JonesAbout Geoff Jones

Geoffrey Jones has more than 20 years experience providing archaeological prospection and spatial analysis in support of archaeological research and cultural resource management. He is a co-founder of Archaeo-Physics, LLC, a private consulting firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that specializes in subsurface imaging of archaeological sites. Established in 1998, Archaeo-Physics uses a variety of geophysical survey methods to produce high-resolution maps of buried archaeological features, artifacts, and patterning associated with human activities. These methods include electrical resistance, magnetic field gradient, ground penetrating radar (GPR), and electromagnetic conductivity/ susceptibility surveys. Archaeo-Physics also provides specialized processing and modeling of airborne Lidar data, terrestrial Lidar survey, spatial analysis and GIS services.

Jones has managed and conducted numerous geophysical surveys throughout the United States and overseas — at a wide variety of site types in varying environmental contexts. He regularly participates in regional and national archaeological professional organizations, and has published articles in a number of international peer-reviewed journals. He is an instructor at the week-long Archaeological Prospection Workshop held annually by the National Park Service.

This program is funded in part by the David B. Jones Foundation, Augustana University’s Mellon Fund Committee, Augustana’s Archeology Laboratory and the Sioux Falls Chapter of the South Dakota Archaeological Society.

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L. Adrien Hannus
Director, Archeology Lab
Augustana University