Vix and the Surrounding Area, Vix, France: Geophysical Survey Outline Report for the 2019 Season

Authors: Cheetham, P.

Pages: 1-17

Publisher: Bournemouth University

Place of Publication: Bournemouth


Paul Cheetham was commissioned by Chargé de recherche CNRS, Université de Bourgogne to carry out a programme of geophysical survey at three sites in Vix and the surrounding area. Over 9 individual surveys generating 24 data sets were undertaken in the two week survey period utilised combinations of electromagnetic induction (EMI), electrical resistance (earth resistance - ER), electrical imaging (ERI - sometimes termed geoelectrical imaging or electrical tomography), and ground penetrating radar (GPR) techniques, to investigate areas of archaeological potential. The results from these surveys have improved our archaeological understanding of all three sites. Specifically we can confidently confirm: • That the structure of the “Lady of Vix” tumulus is shown to be complex in terms of either the original structure, later disturbances, or a combination of both.

• The potentially new apsidal building discovered in 2018 and located on the river floodplain just northeast of the village of Vix.

• The new large tumulus identified in the 2018 magnetic surveys and located in the plain some 2.8 km west of Mont Lassois.

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