Date of Award

8-3-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Beverly Chiarulli, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

R.Scott Moore, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Phillip D. Neusius, Ph.D.

Abstract

Geophysical surveys, namely Ground Penetrating Radar, are a relatively underused resource in archaeological investigations. By using GPR, it is possible to design better excavation techniques and provide better preservation options for archaeologists worldwide. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the need and effectiveness of Ground Penetrating Radar techniques in archaeological surveys and to display both strengths and weaknesses of geophysical survey when applied to archaeological investigations. The test site used was the Late Roman archaeological site of Pyla-Koutsopetria in Larnaca, Cyprus. The characteristics of this site, including data from many field seasons and dry climate conditions, made this particular area ideal for performing GPR test research. The results from this study will contribute to the overall knowledge about the Pyla-Koutsopetria archaeological site. Results will also demonstrate the significance of performing Ground Penetrating Radar on various archaeological site.

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