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Archaeological sites at Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, with their contents enhanced by the use of ground penetrating radar
Author(s): Paul Lucia Ferrucio da Rocha; Glroia da Silva Cezar; Angela Buarque; Ariovaldo da Costa
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Paper Abstract

This presentation refers to the application of the Ground Penetrating Radar on two archaeological sites: Serrano and Morro Grande, situated at Araruama County, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the purpose of contributing to the knowledge concerning a prehistoric indigenous culture, associated with the 'Tupinamba' that inhabited the region at prehistoric times. This research is being realized with the partnership of the Anthropology Department of the National Museum and the Geology Department, both departments pertaining to the Rio de Janeiro Federal University. The archaeological remains of the study area are mainly characterized by pottery appliance for several uses, including funeral urns, which were buried within layers of sand and clay. Several profiles were made, using a RAMAC device, with a 200 MHz frequency antenna, surrounding some partially exposed potters, in the sand quarry, at the Serrano site. The resultant radargrams conceived a response model for the archaeological and soil characteristics of the area. These radargrams are being used as correlative models for the interpretation of profiles performed at the Morro Grande site, which presents similar characteristics of the Serrano site. The generated models are intended to guide the future excavations in the archeological sites of Ri de Janeiro.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4084, Eighth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, (27 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.383488
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Paul Lucia Ferrucio da Rocha, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Glroia da Silva Cezar, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Angela Buarque, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Ariovaldo da Costa, Petrobas/Cidade Univ. (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4084:
Eighth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar
David A. Noon; Glen F. Stickley; Dennis Longstaff, Editor(s)

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