Institute of Prehistory, Early History and Medieval Archaeology

Direct Push Applications in Wetland (Geo)Archaeology

In this DFG project we focus on direct push sensing with case studies at Pestenacker (UNESCO-World Heritage Site) and Charlemagne's canal, the Fossa Carolina. Direct push sensing represents a set of tools for performing subsurface record by pushing small-diameter, hollow steel rods with different probes into the ground. This technique is mostly applicable in unconsolidated sediments that are typically less than 30 m below the surface. Thus, continuous in situ measurements provide high-resolution vertical data logs up to a depth-accurate resolution in the cm-scale. We aim to evaluate the potential of direct push sensing in wetland (geo)archaeology. We focus on depth-accurate recording of buried archaeological structures and on the high-resolution detection of different facies types in wetlands. Within an integrated multidisciplinary approach, minimally invasive direct push techniques are combined with a large set of geophysical and (geo)archaeological methods. Direct push techniques are applied in three different spatial dimensions: a) medium-scale detection of the lateral extents of archaeological sites, b) small-scale detection of wetland stratigraphies including their depth-accurately vertical dimension, and c) high-resolution microscale reconstruction of archaeological features. 

Kooperationspartner: Physische Geographie Uni Leipzig, Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ) Leipzig, Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien (IPHT) Jena, Ur- und Frühgeschichte Universität Jena

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