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Ervan Garrison

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Archaeological Geology & Archeological Geophysics
Professor, Geology
Professor, Anthropology

Current Research Interests

Geoarchaeological and paleoecological studies of marine and coastal sites – Georgia, Europe. Shallow geophysics – archaeological, hazards and environmental studies.Directed research in archaeological geology, archaeometry and archaeological geophysics.

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  • Ph.D., Missouri, 1979 Anthropology-Archeometry; Dissertation title: "Electron Spin Resonance Dating of Prehistoric Flints."
Research Areas:
Research Interests:

Research Interests

  • Geoarchaeological and paleoecological studies of prehistoric marine and coastal sites – Georgia, Europe.
  • Shallow geophysics – archaeological, hazards and environmental studies

Directed Research

  • Masters and Doctoral-level studies in a variety of student interests in archaeological geology, archaeometry and archaeological geophysics in U.S. and Western Europe.

Research Facilities:

  • Magnetic/Gradiometric Survey instruments
  • Electrical resistivity systems
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) - both shielded and low-frequency antennae
  • Soil and rock magnetic susceptibility lab/field instrumentation
  • Sedimentological and and pedological laboratory analytical facilities to include particle-size
Selected Publications:
  • Techniques in Archaeological Geology. Springer-Verlag. (2003/2015).
  • A History of Engineering and Technology: Artful Methods. CRC Press (1998). 2nd Edition.
  • A History of Engineering and Technology: Artful Methods. CRC Press (1992). 1st Edition.
  • Geological Methods for Archaeology, Oxford University Press (1998). Co-authored with Norman Herz.
  • Garrison, Ervan G., Greg McFall, Alexander Cherkinsky, and Scott E. Noakes. "Discovery of a Pleistocene mysticete whale, Georgia Bight (USA)." Palaeontologia Electronica 15, no. 3 (2012): 10.
  • Skaggs, Sheldon, Naomi Norman, Ervan Garrison, Drew Coleman, and Salah Bouhlel. "Local mining or lead importation in the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis? Lead isotope analysis of curse tablets from Roman Carthage, Tunisia." Journal of Archaeological Science 39, no. 4 (2012): 970-983.
Articles Featuring Ervan Garrison

Over the weekend of March 2nd, undergraduate student Jay Mrazek, hydrogeology professor Dr. Charlotte Garing, and their group of volunteers successfully installed over 900 meters of fiber optic cable in a northeastern Alabama cave.

Journal of Archaeological Science, entitled, "The Tempest: geoarchaeological examinations of tropical cycle/hurricane signatures in a submerged, formerly coastal shell midden site, Econfina Channel, Florida, U.S.A."

Dr. Ervan Garrison, of the University of Georgia, will undertake a study of submerged prehistoric archaeological sites drowned after the end of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM).

Events featuring Paul A. Schroeder, Ervan Garrison, Julia Cox
G&G - Room 200A

UGA Geology professors will discuss their research activities from last summer.

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