Metal Detecting

Modern metal detectors provide archaeologists with an excellent tool for surveying historic sites. New South Associates uses professional grade metal detectors for historic site survey and evaluation studies. Our professional staff have received Register of Professional Archaeologists certified training from Advanced Metal Detecting for Archaeologists (AMDA), a non-profit supported by New South Associates that provides instruction in survey techniques and technologies.

On historic domestic sites, metal detection provides a cost-effective means of recorded the locations of former structures and mapping site landscapes with limited excavation. Using ferrous/non-ferrous settings and surveying on a close interval grid, metal detectors can identify nail clouds left by collapsed historic buildings, allowing archaeologists to easily and cost efficiently identify the locations of outbuildings on farms and plantations. Non-ferrous finds can yield coins, buttons, jewelry and other artifacts that provide diagnostic information about the age of a site. On battlefields, metal detectors are essential mapping and interpreting military actions. New South Associates have employed metal detectors and our knowledge of munitions to successfully reconstruct battlefield events on a number of projects, including several that were funded through the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service.

New South Associates owns the following metal detectors: a MineLab E-Trac, four Fisher ProTechs, two Fisher ProArcs, two White XLTs, and three Garrett Ace 250s.

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