FU Berlin & University Bukarest Field Camp 2009

(by Karsten)

Inspired by the success of the University of Bucharest & FU Berlin Field Camp 2008, SGS organized a consecutive joint four-day summer field camp in Germany in 2009 in order to get students acquainted to the handling of geophysical equipment and the acquisition and processing of geophysical data. Seven students from Freie Universität Berlin as well as two students from the University of Bucharest participated in this summer field camp.

Being granted as an official SEG Project of Special Merit, all expenses for transport to and from Germany and accomodation for the Romanian students as well as for local transport and meals for all participants were generously covered by the SEG Foundation und TGS.

In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer and Markolf Brumlich from the Institute of Prehistoric Archaeolgy of Freie Universität Berlin, we went for an archaeogeophysical target near Glienick in the south of Berlin. With the discovery of several smelting ovens and their waste products, the archaeologists of FU Berlin were able to show that iron had been produced in the Berlin region since 300 AD and not only since 800 AD as it was assumed before their research.

We decided to use geomagnetic and geoelectric methods in order to succesfully map the smelting ovens and their waste products. All in all we conducted measurements in six 30x30 m geomagnetic grids as well as along nine geoelectric profiles.

On the last day of the summer field camp, the data was processed and interpreted at the Institute of Geological Sciences on GeoCampus Lankwitz. The geomagnetic data showed some significant as well as several small anomalies which were interpreted as the desired smelting ovens and their waste products. The geoelectric profiles verified these results. The course of the summer field camp as well as its results were summarized in a scientific report which was sent to SEG.

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