Understanding Northeastern Plains Village sites through archaeological geophysics

Lowe, Kelsey M. and Fogel, Aaron S. (2010) Understanding Northeastern Plains Village sites through archaeological geophysics. Archaeological Prospection, 17 4: 247-257. doi:10.1002/arp.394


Author Lowe, Kelsey M.
Fogel, Aaron S.
Title Understanding Northeastern Plains Village sites through archaeological geophysics
Journal name Archaeological Prospection   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-0763
1075-2196
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/arp.394
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 247
End page 257
Total pages 11
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract The archaeologically defined Northeastern Plains Village Complex (NEPV), centered in the American Great Plains has been a problem for archaeologists because of an inability to recognize buried cultural features, particularly those relating to house structures. Elsewhere in the Great Plains magnetics and earth resistance had been shown effective methods, which was applied at two NEPV sites in North Dakota. Those geophysical methods were combined with down-hole magnetic susceptibility as a way to identify and interpret multiple fortified ditches, circular house structures and a possible bastion at two prehistoric villages dating from ad 1400 to 1500. This information shows that these people occupied these sites seasonally, but were still threatened enough to construct defensive structures during a period of conflict in the area. The geophysical surveys highlight the advantages of combining these techniques in NEPV site discovery and evaluation.
Keyword Northeastern Plains Village
Magnetometry
Electrical resistance
Down-hole magnetic susceptibility
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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