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Inrap and geophysics: towards a sustainable approach

Abstract : The policy and practice of preventive archaeology is well established in France. By far the main methodology applied is trial trenching surveying, both for prospection and evaluation. Within this preventive archaeology process in France most of the fieldwork is done by Inrap, the National Institute for Preventive Archaeology. The integration of geophysical prospection within this preventive process remains rather limited up to date, despite a fairly large number of experiments with these techniques. However, within the last few years Inrap is systematically applying geophysical surveys, although always with specific goals and research frameworks. The main goals within these survey projects are: the detection of archaeological features; palaeolandscape reconstructions; and the mapping and characterization of archaeological layers during excavations. A durable approach, regarding cost-efficiency and scientific robustness of the applied methods, is of high importance within this approach. To allow this, Inrap recently established a team for geophysical prospection.
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Guillaume Hulin, François-Xavier Simon. Inrap and geophysics: towards a sustainable approach. The use of Geophysical Prospection methods in Archaeology/De toepassing van geofysische prospectie methoden in de archeologie, Flanders Heritage Agency Scientific Institution of the Flemish Government, policy area Environment, 2019, 1371-4678. ⟨hal-02493589⟩

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