1st. MAC International Workshop of Archaeological Geophysics (21-25 mayo 2012)

7/4/12 .- http://www.mac.cat/eng/Branches/Ullastret/Activida

The discipline of archaeological geophysics has been in constant development since the 1970s. The increasing capability of different sensors for non-destructively mapping the shallow subsurface has produced very useful images for archaeologists in the last few years. The 1st MAC-IWAG is another activity offered by Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya in order to support research in the field of non-destructive technologies for archaeological prospection, after two years of testing some of these technologies in Catalonian archaeological sites.

With the participation of some of the best experts in archaeological geophysics worldwide, MAC-IWAG offers archaeologists and geophysicists an intensive 5-day course, within the framework of the Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya-Ullastret (Girona).

The scope of the 1st MAC-IWAG is training archaeologists and geophysicists in the most advanced geophysical techniques for archaeological prospection.

The workshop will be held at the Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya-Ullastret: Puig de St. Andreu and Illa d'en Reixac Iron Age archaeological sites (VI-II BC); Ullastret, Girona, Spain.


Dr. Albert Casas (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Michel Dabas (Geocarta, France)
Sra. Ekhine Garcia (SOT Prospection, Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Dean Goodman (GAL, USA)
Sra. Aurora Martin (Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya, Spain)
Sr. Cornelius Meyer (Eastern Atlas, Alemanya)
Sr. Gianfranco Morelli (Geostudi Astier, Italy)
Dr. Alexandre Novo (Geostudi Astier, Italy)
Sr. Gabriel de Prado (Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya, Spain)
Dr. Jordi Principal (Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya, Spain)
Sr. Roger Sala (SOT Prospection, Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Armin Schmidt (GeoDataWIZ, UK)
Sr. Philippe De Smedt (Ghent University, Belgium)
Sr. Robert Tamba (SOT Prospection, Barcelona, Spain)

Teaching and programme

Lectures will focus on four techniques: ground penetrating radar, magnetics, electromagnetic induction and electric resistivity. The workshop includes theoretical topics, fieldwork activities and data processing.

Basic theory through presentation of case histories will be introduced for every technique.

Fieldwork will focus on fast and large-scale data acquisition for high-resolution mapping. Data acquisition will be carried out in the Ullastret archaeological site. Fieldwork will include archaeological excavation.

The participants will go through data processing flows, visualization and final archaeological data interpretation. The language of the workshop will be English.

Preliminary programme:

Donwload preliminary programme:
Preliminary programme Workshop MAC-IWAG.pdf
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The workshop is open to geophysicists, archaeologists, engineers, physicists and geologists who are interested in geophysical technologies for archaeological prospection.

Location: Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya-Ullastret (Puig de Sant Andreu / Illa d'en Reixac).
Dates: From 21 to 25 May 2012
Cost: 300 €. Registration fee does not cover accommodation and meals. Assistance will be offered with arranging accommodation close to the venue. Four competitive ISAP bursaries of 100 euros each will be available to workshop participants who are ISAP members and either students or young professionals on a junior salary scale.

Further information:
Jordi Principal > jprincipal@gencat.cat
Gabriel de Prado > gdeprado@gencat.cat

Organized by Departament de Cultura / Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya / SOT Prospeccions. Endorsed by ISAP / Comisión Española de Geodesia y Geofísica – Sección de Geofísica Aplicada. With the support of AL-TOP / Eastern Atlas/ Geocarta / Geostudi Astier / IDS / LEICA geosystems.

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