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Lightning strikes in archaeological magnetometry data. A case study from the High Bank Works site, Ohio, USA


Archaeologia Polona Vol. 53 (2015)


Burks, Jarrod ; Viberg, Andreas ; Bevan, Bruce


Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

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ill. ; 24 cm

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lightning strike ; magnetometer ; Ohio ; earthworks ; interpretation


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