Complex geophysical surveys of archeological sites and principles of data interpretation.

№2 (2019)

Zlobina A.G.Zhurbin I.V. 

AbstractAbout the AuthorsReferences

The geophysics is widely used at nondestructive researches of objects of historical and cultural heritage. The ambiguity of data interpretation is caused by a complex of objective reasons: restrictions of geophysical methods and significant heterogeneity of the cultural layer of archaeological sites. Therefore the development of the algorithm of researches allowing to reduce the number of errors of the first and second kinds is relevant and, respectively, to increase the quality of nondestructive researches of objects of historical and cultural heritage. The algorithm including stages of complex geophysical measurements (magnetic and resistivity surveys), processing (segmentation) and interpretation (on the basis of a priori information on the form and sizes of expected objects of search, and also about types of the geophysical anomalies corresponding to objects) is offered.
Experimental studies on the territory of the medieval Kushmanskoe III settlement revealed a previously unknown line of fortifications and allowed to restore the row layout of the settlement. During the reconstruction of the layout, the location of various constructions – ditch, the foundation of structures made of calcined and compacted clay, pits of residential and industrial buildings, hearths, etc., was determined. An estimate of the degree of preservation of the cultural layer is obtained. The results of the interpretation are confirmed by soil drills and excavations. The information obtained as a result of nondestructive research is fundamentally important from the point of view of the preservation of objects of historical and cultural heritage.

Zlobina Anna Grigor’evna, Candidate of Engineering Sciences, Researcher in Udmurt Federal Research Center of UB RAS (UdmFRC UB RAS). 426067, Izhevsk, T. Baramzina str., 34. E-mail:

Zhurbin Igor Vital’evich, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Candidate of Engineering Sciences, Main Researcher in Udmurt Federal Research Center of UB RAS (UdmFRC UB RAS). 426067, Izhevsk, T. Baramzina str., 34. E-mail:

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Section: Modeling geo objects and geo-processes

Keywords: resistivity survey, magnetic survey, processing, interpretation, archaeological sites, layout.