Geoarchaeology



Faculty from the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the nearby University of Connecticut frequently work with PAST. Recent geoarchaeological applications include the use of proton magnetometer testing to locate the buried hulls of 19th-century torpedo boats, experimental ground-penetrating radar and seismic refraction survey to identify features at an 18th-century copper mine, and geoprobe sampling which collected sufficient data to reconstruct the development of the Connecticut River floodplain from the Holocene to the present. For information on our most recent geoarchaeological application please read Adriaen's Landing, an article reprinted from CRM.

Our lead consulting geologist, Professor Robert Thorson of UConn, guides our paleoenvironmental reconstruction and advises on a host of geological issues. Professor Thorson is also an expert on the 18th- and 19th-century New England practice of fieldstone wall-building and related landscape modification and has helped us achieve a better understanding of our local cultural landscape.


A detailed view of other services we offer:

   Archaeological Reconnaissance Surveys

   Intensive Archaeological and Historical Studies

   Data Recovery and Excavation Projects

   Impact Assessment Mitigation Strategies

   National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark Documentation

   State- and Federal-Level Historic Documentation

   Specialized Lab Services and Artifact Conservation

   Public Outreach Programs

   Educational Outreach and Curriculum Development



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