geochemical survey

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A systematic analysis of the chemical composition of an archaeological site, or deposits therein, in order to document variations in the concentration of particular elements or compounds and interpret their incidence in relation to patterns of human activity. Geochemical surveys often include studies of soil acidity (pH), magnetic susceptibility, organic carbon content, phosphate levels, and the concentration of metals such as copper, lead, and zinc.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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