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Archaeogeophysical prospection and preventive archaeology in central-east Europe

Authors

MILO Peter

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Faculty of Arts

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Description The combination of large scale geophysical prospection and preventive archaeology is still in the area of central-east Europe a new phenomenon. Only recently, places endangered by the construction activities started to be prospected in wider scale. This paradigm shift in the post- socialist archaeology is an outcome of several small changes. Better and available instrumentation at archaeological institutions and universities together with gradual generation change leads to new ideas, expectations in archaeology and gain more trust to the prospection methods. Subsenquential changes in heritage management measures resulted in necessity of geophysical prospection of the large areas affected by the construction activities. Possibility to assess an archaeological potential and to plan earthworks and logistic for the construction site in advance, is what makes advance geophysical prospection beneficial for both the archaeologist as well as the investor. Within last year’s Department of Archaeology and Museology at Masaryk University Brno made several of advance geophysical prospection surveys in Czech and Slovak republic. Surveys were carried out in cooperation with several contract archaeology companies and clearly demonstrate the advantages of archaeogeophysical prospection conducted prior to the excavation itself. It also points out the weaknesses of the traditional excavation method used in the preventive archaeology.
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