The variable contexts of Fremont habitation sites in Utah Valley often make identification of those sites very challenging for archaeologists. Pit houses and other structures throughout the valley are frequently in plowed fields or other disturbed contexts that obscure their more exact location and nature. The application of geophysical technologies at archaeological sites throughout the world, including in North America, has proven to be an effective means of subsurface archaeological survey. However, geophysical techniques have been underutilized in Fremont archaeology. This paper reports on the employment of two geophysical methods, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and fluxgate gradiometer surveys, at three known Fremont habitation sites in southern Utah Valley â€“ the Wolf Village, Wolf Mound, and Snow Farm sites. The preliminary geophysical surveys and later ground-truthing of various geophysical anomalies reveals the effectiveness of these methods in identifying where architectural or other cultural features exist below the surface.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jepsen, Jacob P., "Detecting Remnants of the Past: Archaeo-Geophysical Prospection of Fremont Sites in Southern Utah Valley" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 9153.
Native Americans, Utah, Fremont, geophysical survey, ground-penetrating radar, magnetometry