Dr. Steve Sheriff conducting remote sensing at Fort Missoula.

Dr. Steve Sheriff conducting remote sensing at Fort Missoula.

Dr. Steve Sheriff and Field School Students

Dr. Steve Sheriff teaching the field school students how to operate the remote sensing equipment.

Kyle Burke – June 4, 2014

Field Notebook Entry

Fort Missoula – 24MO0266

Dr. Steve Sheriff, a retired UM Professor of Geophysics, showed us how basic sub-surface imaging is done in the field. Using a Cesium Magnetometer Dr. Sheriff took a sub-surface image of a 20×18 meter rectangle of a possible excavation site at Historic Fort Missoula. The data that Dr. Sheriff collected will help decide if the rectangle is or isn’t a possible excavation site. Techniques like this help archaeologists decide if excavation at a particular place is a good idea and can further narrow a large site, like Fort Missoula, into more precise excavation areas.

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