Induced Polarization: A Geophysical Method for Locating Cultural Metallic Refuse

Science  21 Jun 1974:
Vol. 184, Issue 4143, pp. 1287-1288
DOI: 10.1126/science.184.4143.1287


The problem of delineating cultural refuse sites (dumps) arises in civil engineering studies. Induced polarization measurements have been successfully applied in several cases. Laboratory tests on synthetic samples indicate that the effect is due to the metal content of the dumps. The method may be applicable to archeological investigations.