Anthropologists Chiarulli, Smith, and King Present on Gila Archaeological Project

Posted on 2/23/2012 2:43:06 PM

Beverly Chiarulli and collaborators Donna Smith, IUP graduate student, and Eleanor King of Howard University presented a poster at the 91st annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C., on January 24, 2012.

The poster reported the results of a geophysical survey of two locales during the Gila Archaeological Project in New Mexico in 2010 and 2011.

Based on preliminary surface surveys and information from local informants, one locale was thought to have been the location of a community school, while the other was thought to have been a blacksmith shop. For comparison, sample grids were established at each locale, and then each was surveyed using ground penetrating radar, conductivity, and magnetic susceptibility instruments, as well as systematic surface and metal detector surveys. The use of multiple geophysical instruments provided a more detailed picture of subsurface features than any single instrument. The results allowed us to evaluate the effectiveness of each instrument in this environmental setting.

The TRB annual meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,000 presentations in over 650 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The poster is available for subscribers of the TRB Visual Library.

Department of Anthropology