Geophysical methods are increasingly being used for forensic investigations and cultural resource (archaeological) investigations in support of construction permitting, historical assessment, and insurance investigations. Geophysical methods are non-invasive and can be extremely helpful for evaluating historical sites quickly and for guiding intensive excavations by targeting subsurface features of interest. Collier’s wide range of archaeo-geophysical investigations include sites in the upper Midwest which were candidates for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, surveys of historic cemeteries in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, pipeline corridor assessments in Virginia, and forensic investigations include ground penetrating radar, electromagnetics, and magnetic surveys. Geophysical methods are non-invasive and can be extremely helpful for evaluating historical sites quickly, and for guiding intensive excavations by targeting subsurface features of interest.
Cultural Resource Applications
- Assessment of limits of historic cemeteries and detection of individual grave locations
- Non-destructive detection of features of interest for future archaeological excavations
- Evaluation of earthworks and fortifications and detection of munition at historic battlefield sites
Our sector leaders, Mario Carnevale, P.G. and Bill Doll, Ph.D., P.G. have extensive experience in archaeological and forensic geophysics throughout the US and around the world.