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Technical question to some of you techies out there.

Technical question to some of you techies out there.


What type of magnetometer do I need to measure magnetic properties of hills, mounds and Mountains?

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



      Amazing technology these days. Tracks magnetic field orientation in 3 dimensions, records field strength and logs it all as a function of time. If this can operate without a cellular network then it could be up to the job. You also might want have it on at your cabin during electrical storms for a ground lightning ‘heads up’ alarm.


    Richard, how much money would you be able to spend on a magnetometer? I will do a search for less expensive models.

    The issue of doing magnetic surveys is not to measure the magnetic flux at a single point, but to take measurements across an area to compare the readings outside your area of immediate interest to that of the area itself.

    If you come up with a magnetometer, I will write up a guide of how surveys should be done.

    • A former high school classmate/neighbor of mine and current subscriber to POOF has donated a sizable sum to support of purchasing scientific equipment. All that I can find on are either devices that would be used around the home to find electric shortages or are quite expensive.


        Let me dig into this a bit. I do hold out hope we can get you a decent quality instrument.

        The smartphone app is an interesting suggestion. I have one on my phone, but never have used it. It was bundled up with other tools. Will look at what one of these might do for you.

        I will start shooting you emails about the way to conduct magnetic surveys.

        • I would prefer to have a separate device, because we often go into locations in the mountains with bad or no cellular service. The cell service was very poor on Alec Mountain. In fact, just north of Georgia, in North Carolina, there is a 30 mile gap with no cellular service. Also, I don’t want to pay the monthly fees for a Smart Phone. I have a very tight budget. Right now I have simple pre-paid cell phone to take on long trips . . . which I rarely take.

          • We don’t need extreme accuracy like what a university research team would use. I just need something that will sense magnetic pulls from rocks, mountains and specific ground locations.


    Archaeo-Electromagnetism (A-EM). An interesting new angle worthy of examination at the very least.

    Lightning-induced remanent magnetization (Salminen 2013) is one of the first articles that should be read. Very important to find the right level of instrument sensitivity first. These NRM (natural remanent magnetism) signatures are very robust fortunately. If they are there you will certainly find them.

    I imagine that you also will soon find one or more articles circulating on the internet titled “Southeastern Psuedo-archeologist goes Ghostbusters” lol!

    • Done the ghost thing on my former farm in Virginia. It was the scene of a massive gunpowder explosion in a wagon train during the Revolutionary War and the third largest cavalry battle of the Civil War.

        • Oh yes! We just had an enlightening experience. My computer and surge protector were turned off, when you wrote us. I have learned my lesson well. Thank you!

    • I am looking for geo-magnetic detectors. EMF detects magnetic fields created by electrical circuits. Thanks for looking for me.


    Google > Ring of Brodgar lightning strikes.


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