How efficient is an integrative approach in archaeological geophysics? Comparative case studies from Neolithic settlements in Thessaly (Central Greece)
F.-X. Simon, T. Kalayci, J.C. Donati, C. Cuenca Garcia, M. Manataki and A. Sarris
Journal name: Near Surface Geophysics
Issue: Vol 13, No 6, December 2015 pp. 633 - 643
Special topic: Integrated Geophysical Investigations for Archaeology
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The geophysical prospection of Neolithic tells imposes specific challenges due to the preservation and nature of the architectural context and the multiple, usually disturbed, soil strata. Contrary to the usual application of a single method, this paper deals with the advantages of using an integrated geophysical approach through the employment of various methodologies to map the Neolithic cultural and environmental landscape of Thessalian tells (magoules) in Central Greece. The success and failure of each method in resolving the various features of the magoules are discussed in detail, and as a whole, they demonstrate the benefits of a manifold geophysical prospection of the sites.