When we collect magnetic susceptibility data, we’re measuring the ability of the soil and items in the soil to be magnetized. To do this, we use a transmitter coil to send electromagnetic waves into the ground. Objects in the soil produce a secondary electromagnetic field, which our conductivity meter picks up as we walk across the surface.
Magnetic susceptibility works at archaeological sites that have highly magnetic topsoil, which is caused by natural soil formation. Items with lower magnetic readings, such as disturbed soil or structures, stand out from the topsoil.
See What Meg Sees: Instructions for Interpreting the Data
Using the tool below, click on individual grids for a closer look at the Magnetic Susceptibility data Meg and her team gathered at the Camp Lawton. You can toggle between an arieal view of the landsape, the map of the data only, and then read Meg's interpertation of each of the data points as you learn more about what each grid reveals. Each grid you click on will become highlighted.