Is this settlement intersected by a ditch? A comparison between magnetic prospection data, ALS data, and archaeological and geological excavation results from the Early Bronze Age fortified hilltop settlement of Ratzersdorf, Lower Austria

In this case study we present preliminary results from a joint analysis of magnetometry data, remote sensing data, and excavation results generated in the course of research on the Early Bronze Age fortified hilltop settlement of Ratzersdorf/Am Dachsgraben in Lower Austria. In an effort to evaluate the interpretive potential of each data set we conclude that a combined analysis of all available data is essential for a comprehensive understanding of anthropogenic and natural features and formation processes. At the Ratzersdorf site specifically, the visibility of both anthropogenic and geological structures in the magnetometry data demonstrates the importance of the combination of complementary data for the verification or falsification of preliminary interpretive ideas.

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