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Frozen: The Potential and Pitfalls of Ground-Penetrating Radar for Archaeology in the Alaskan Arctic




Urban, Thomas M., Rasic, Jeffrey T., Alix, Claire, Anderson, Douglas D., Manning, Sturt W., Mason, Owen K., Tremayne, Andrew H., and Wolff, Christopher B., 2016, Frozen: The Potential and Pitfalls of Ground-Penetrating Radar for Archaeology in the Alaskan Arctic: Remote Sensing, v. 8, no. 12, p. 1-23.


Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) offers many advantages for assessing archaeological potential in frozen and partially frozen contexts in high latitude and alpine regions. These settings pose several challenges for GPR, including extreme velocity changes at the interface of frozen and active layers, cryogenic patterns resulting in anomalies that can easily be mistaken for cultural features, and the difficulty in accessing sites and deploying equipment in remote settings. In this study we discuss some of these challenges while highlighting the potential for this method by describing recent successful investigations with GPR in the region. We draw on cases from Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Kobuk [...]


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DOI 10.3390/rs8121007
ISSN 20724292

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valueUrban, Thomas M. 1; Email Address: Rasic, Jeffrey T. 2; Email Address: Alix, Claire 3; Email Address: Anderson, Douglas D. 4; Email Address: Manning, Sturt W. 1; Email Address: Mason, Owen K. 5; Email Address: Tremayne, Andrew H. 6; Email Address: Wolff, Christopher B. 7; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Cornell Tree Ring Laboratory, Department of Classics and Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA 2: U.S. National Park Service, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Fairbanks, AK 99709, USA 3: Histoire de l'Art et Archéologie, Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University, Paris 75005, France 4: Department of Anthropology and Circumpolar Laboratory, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA 5: Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA 6: U.S. National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA 7: Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, Albany, NY 12222, USA; Source Info: Dec2016, Vol. 8 Issue 12, p1; Subject Term: SCANNING systems; Subject Term: RADIO technology; Subject Term: RADAR; Subject Term: REMOTE sensing; Subject Term: ISTHMUSES; Author-Supplied Keyword: Alaska; Author-Supplied Keyword: Arctic; Author-Supplied Keyword: Bering Land Bridge; Author-Supplied Keyword: ground-penetrating radar; Author-Supplied Keyword: mammoth; Author-Supplied Keyword: permafrost; Number of Pages: 23p; Document Type: Article

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