Ground penetrating radar (GPR) examinations at the Fanta Stream fossil and archaeological site, Central Ethiopia
Lanzarone, Peter Matthew
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A ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey was conducted at the Fanta Stream archaeological and paleontological site during two field seasons (2009 and 2010). Located in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the site contains a rich assemblage of fossil mammals and Acheulean artifacts located in a rare high altitude context. The radar survey provides a three – dimensional data visualization of the subsurface that can be used for both geological mapping and planning for excavations. Stratigraphy at the site can be observed in the stream’s cut bank and from hand – augured cores collected in 2009. Major areas of interest have been highlighted throughout this survey that have increased the size of the previously defined site boundaries. Information gleaned from this study provides pertinent information regarding the extent of fossil deposits and serves to assist in delineating the site to aid in its preservation from destruction due to industrial and agricultural practices.