The application of high resolution Mobile Metal Ion (MMI) soil geochemistry to archaeological investigations: an evaluation of its effectiveness

Graham Charles Sylvester

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    Abstract

    The research assessed the ability of the Mobile Metal lon (MMI) partial extraction soil geochemical technique to locate, define and document known archaeological sites which are concealed beneath the surface. Soil samples were systematically sampled from four field sites in the United Kingdom and subject to MMI partial extraction followed by ICP-MS analysis for 53 elements. Results demonstrated that MMI can detect subtle, low amplitude, multi-element anthropogenic soil geochemical anomalies indicative of buried archaeological materials, in a rapid, non-invasive manner; commonly more definitively than do othergeochemical techniques. MMI may become very useful on sites where widespread excavation is undesirable.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Award date5 Jul 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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