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date: 08 May 2021

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This chapter discusses geophysical techniques for detecting organic materials within peat deposits. It focuses on the spectral induced polarization method and ground-penetrating radar, which have yielded the most encouraging results in waterlogged sediments. These methods have been applied to identify wooden trackways in peat layers at different archaeological sites in Germany. The physical fundamentals of the two methods are briefly described, and case histories of the successful application are summarized.

Keywords: detection, peat deposits, geophysical techniques, spectral induced polarization, ground-penetrating radar, wooden trackways

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