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GPR Remote Sensing in Archaeology

  • Presents the most unique and advanced processing steps for Ground Penetrating Radar applied to archaeological remote sensing

  • Provides in case studies the worlds most important monuments and archaeological sites studied with GPR including the Imperial Family Tombs of Japan, the Villa of Emperor Trajan of Rome and other sites

  • A contemporary book filling a void not yet properly addressed


Part of the Geotechnologies and the Environment book series (GEOTECH, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 1-9
  3. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 11-36
  4. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 37-62
  5. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 63-100
  6. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 101-118
  7. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 119-142
  8. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 143-157
  9. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 159-174
  10. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 175-185
  11. Dean Goodman, Salvatore Piro
    Pages 187-227
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 229-233

About this book


This book provides a complete description of the processes needed to take raw GPR data all the way to the construction of subsurface images. The book provides an introduction to the theory of GPR by using a simulator that shows how radar profiles across simple model structures look and provides many examples so that the complexity of radar signatures can be understood. The book continues with a review of the necessary radargram signal processes needed along with examples. The most comprehensive methodology to construct subsurface images from either coarsely spaced data using interpolation or from dense data from multi-channel equipment and 3D volume generation is presented. Advanced imaging solutions such as overlay analysis are introduced and numerous worldwide site case histories are shown. The authors present their studies in away that most technical and non-technical users of the equipment will find it useful for implementing in their own subsurface investigations.


Cultural Heritage Ground Penetrating Radar Multi-Channel Remote Sensing Satellite Archaeology Subsurface Imaging

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Woodland HillsUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Technologies, Applied to Cultural HeritageNational Research CouncilRomeItaly

About the authors

Dr. Salvatore Piro has been part of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Institute of Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage, ITABC-CNR) which, from early 1980, was one of the first governmental institutions worldwide to recognize the importance of geophysics in archaeological investigations. Salvatore has helped to advance the use of GPR and other geophysical techniques through the ITABC and the Ground Remote Sensing Lab he has worked at and directed since the 1980s. From the inception of this lab in early 1980s till now, his research has involved the development of acquisition, elaboration and interpretation techniques for archaeological prospection employing magnetic, earth resistance and ground penetrating radar methods. His recent research interest includes acquisition and processing of integrated geophysical methods for near surface investigations.

Dr. Dean Goodman had a unique opportunity to work at a small archaeological geophysics lab of the University of Miami Japan Division from 1989-2008. Dean had significant support from the city of Nakajima Machi, the museum at Saitobaru in Miyazaki, and the Nara National Cultural Properties Research Institute where he also was a guest researcher for many years. Since 2001, Dean had the tremendous fortune to be ‘adopted’ by the US Forest Service Heritage Program, run at that time by Dr. Kent Schneider who helped to encourage and foster continued growth of software development at the Geophysical Archaeometry Laboratory.  

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From the reviews:

“This book is an excellent quick guide to the GPR method, oriented primarily towards archaeological exploration. The text is self-contained and can be used by undergraduate students in both geophysics and archaeology fields. … It includes plenty of colored, high-quality images that help the reader to conceive the presented material. It is a very useful addition to the bookshelf of students, as well as professionals of geophysics and archaeology.” (Alexandra Karamitrou, Pure and Applied Geophysics, March, 2014)