Thursday, June 5, 2014

Outfitting the New Acadia Expedition

The New Acadia Project is using a portable Geometrics Magmapper G-858 Cesium Magnetometer for remote sensing. The magnetometer has one sensor, rather than two, which would make it a gradiometer. This device can also be used in tandem with a GPS, providing locational and mapping capabilities.

Magnetometer in carrying case.
Magnetometer in use near an abandoned cemetery on the New Acadia Project.
The New Acadia expedition would be greatly facilitated by the use of a gradiometer equipped with GPS, as manufactured by Geometrics, or a Fluxgate Gradiometer manufactured by Bartington Instruments. Electromagnetic resistivity would provide added capabilities in performing fieldwork and accomplishing the stated goals of research.

Archaeologists working on the New Acadia Project are currently using two vehicles to transport themselves and equipment into the field.  

While not the ideal field vehicles, the crew manages to carry all of their equipment in the trunks and back seats of a 1998 Toyota Corolla and 2005 Hyundai Elantra (shown on the right).

The project would certainly benefit from the use of a larger, off-road vehicle more appropriate for fieldwork (see below).