Geophysical Investigations of Archaeological Resources in Southern Idaho

Snake River Canyon, ID

Publication: Idaho National Laboratory

Author: Brenda Pace & Gail Heath

Date of Publication: October 2005

PDF File: 3394893.pdf


Geophysical studies have been sporadic in archaeological investigations in southern Idaho, largely as a result of the relatively ephemeral cultural features that characterize the prehistoric archaeology of the region. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in southeastern Idaho is a storehouse of valuable equipment and scientific expertise and INL scientists have begun to explore opportunities for collaborative research and fieldwork in this growing field. Both GPR and EMI have been employed successfully by the INL team to successfully map a 1,300 year-old hunting campsite located on INL lands and a lava tube cave known as Kelvin’s Cave on Bureau of Land Management property near Twin Falls.