2D Resistivity Method to Investigate an Archaeological Structure in Jeniang, Kedah

 

Norhidayahti Binti Mohd. Muztaza

Postgraduate Student
Centre for Global Archaeological Research, 11800 Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia; e-mail: mhidayahti@gmail.com

Dr. M. Mokhtar Saidin

Prof.; Centre for Global Archaeological Research, 11800 Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia; e-mail: mmokh@usm.my

Dr. Rosli Saad

Senior Lecturer; Geophysics Section, School of Physics, 11800 Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia; e-mail: rosli@usm.my

M. M. Nordiana

Post graduate Student, Geophysics Section, School of Physics, 11800 Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia; e-mail: mmnordiana@gmail.com

 

ABSTRACT

Geophysical application in archaeology is very useful in detecting and mapping buried structures, especially in optimizing the extent of excavation. There are various methods of applying geophysics in archaeology. One of the methods is 2D resistivity which can be applied to map shallow subsurface structures at the archaeological site. Discoveries of archaeological structures in Jeniang were reported in 1990 and 1992. In 2010, USM Centre for Global Archaeological Research (CGAR), unearthed similar structures at two different locations in the district of Jeniang. Such findings have led to other discoveries, particularly from the survey conducted around the area of Kampung Sungai Perahu (KSP). There are two site in the village, named of KSP 1 and KSP 2. This paper will focus on the resistivity study conducted in KSP 2. Preliminary research on the site does not rule out the possibility that the structure in Jeniang may have been a furnace or a kiln. This paper attempts to identify the archaeological structures of Jeniang by using 2D resistivity method. The results from the inversion model resistivity may be used to detect similar structures for future research.

Keywords: Jeniang, site KSP 2, archeological structures, 2D resistivity

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