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A project team from Minnesota State University Moorhead developed a technique for buried site detection, and focused on six test sites within the lower Lake Agassiz region of eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota.  An excerpt from the report and download link to the entire product follows.

“Buried site location is critical in many world  areas where landscape change has impacted, and perhaps also preserved through burial, archaeological deposits…This project has advanced a geophysical approach for identifying buried archaeological sites that combines recently developed down-hole magnetic capabilities with laboratory soil magnetic techniques.  Down-hole magnetic susceptibility measurements allow the effective location of paleosols while soil magnetic studies are used to evaluate whether an associated human occupation is likely.  This combined geophysical approach has the potential to locate and explore buried archaeological deposits across varied environments in a cost-effective, efficient, and relatively non-invasive manner.”  Excerpted from “Development of  a Technique for Buried Site Detection Using a Down-Hole Soil Magnetic Instrument.”

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This project was made possible through Grant MT-2210-03-NC-10 from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).

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