Jami Lockhart, Director of Archaeogeophysical Research

Beginning in 1999, the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s program of geophysical remote sensing began revolutionizing archeology in Arkansas. Technologies including ground penetrating radar, magnetometry, electrical resistivity, electromagnetic conductivity, and magnetic susceptibility are now routinely used by the Survey to pinpoint the location of thousands of archeological features ranging in scale from entire prehistoric towns to hundreds of buried prehistoric houses. Using an interdisciplinary approach and cutting edge technologies to inform archeological research has enabled examinations of past settlement patterns and lifeways — both prehistoric and historic — with a precision that was previously unimaginable.
Remote sensing is being used to guide excavations, to help develop preservation strategies, and to learn about communities and cultures without extensive excavation, thus improving the Survey’s mission in a time of tight financial circumstances.
Read about some of our remote sensing projects:

Examples of data collected via remote sensing.Examples of data collected via remote sensing.

About This Series

The Arkansas Archeological Survey celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. Our mission to study and conserve the state's archeological heritage and to communicate our knowledge to the public was established by the Arkansas legislature with passage of Act 39 in 1967. In honor of that occasion, we are posting weekly “Historic Moments” to share memories of some of our most interesting accomplishments and experiences.