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Archaeological Anthropology

2018

Western University

Magnetometry

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Pushing The Limits: Testing, Magnetometry And Ontario Lithic Scatters, John E. Dunlop Feb 2018

Pushing The Limits: Testing, Magnetometry And Ontario Lithic Scatters, John E. Dunlop

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Lithic scatters, small ephemeral clusters of stone artifacts on cultivated surfaces, lie on the periphery of archaeology. These sites are often too ephemeral to be fully understood through standardized fieldwork methodologies mandated in Ontario CRM archaeology and yet, they are widely regarded as worth documenting with hundreds now recorded. In this thesis, it is argued that what are small artifact scatters on the surface can belie more complex subsurface finds of significant cultural and historical value. As such, there is a need to reconsider the approaches made to the investigation of these sites. Geophysical techniques applied early in a scatter ...