Special Issue "Selected papers from the SAGA Workshop 1"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Carmen Cuenca-Garcia
Guest Editor
Department of Archaeology and Cultural History, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Kalvskinnet Campus, Gunnerushuset, Office A474, Erling Skakkes gate 47B, 7012 Trondheim, Norway
Interests: near-surface geophysics; archaeology; geoarchaeology; soil characterisation; geochemical prospection; remote sensing; monitoring cultural heritage in risk
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Dr. Hana Grison
Guest Editor
Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Interests: Environmental magnetism: magnetometry of soils (magnetic mapping); magnetic and geochemical properties of soils; experimental methods of rock magnetism; magnetic properties of minerals (both natural and synthetic samples); atmospheric dust
Dr. Clare Wilson
Guest Editor
Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA Scotland, UK
Interests: soil legacies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The SAGA Workshop 1 will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 30th September until 1st October 2019. This will be the first scientific event of the ‘Soil science & Archaeo-Geophysics Alliance (SAGA)’, a new interdisciplinary network of scientists funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). The network brings together archaeo-geophysics and soil science with the overall goal of maximising interpretation of proxy data for archaeological purposes. SAGA Workshop 1 aims to establish disciplinary challenges and the interdisciplinary common ground around archaeological geophysics and soil science in order to identify research gaps and develop a research agenda to shape future collaborative work. In doing so, the workshop’s participants will discuss and synthesise the findings of past and current projects and studies exploring, inter alia, how land use practices, high variability in soil properties, soil post-depositional, and other taphonomic processes within archaeological features may have an effect on archaeo-geophysical prospection. Further, the workshop will showcase integrated studies, combining geophysics and soil science, aiming to maximise the interpretation of archaeological sites.


  • Developing a common ground;
  • Integrated approaches combining geophysics and soil science at archaeological sites;
  • Challenging survey environments and/or data;
  • Experimental/monitoring projects (conducted at archaeological sites or related to archaeo-geophysics);
  • Multivariate proxy data analysis and/or forward modelling.

Authors of papers presented at the workshop are invited to submit extended versions of their work to this Special Issue for publication. All contributions submitted to SAGA Workshop 1 are subject to a peer review process, and acceptance is based on the evaluation of the quality, originality, and relevance of the manuscript. The accepted articles will be published in the proceedings of the workshop, and the extended versions of the articles will be submitted for publication this Special Issue of Geosciences MDPI.

The Special Issue is also open for contributions from researchers interested in SAGA topics who are not necessarily attending the workshop. The guest editors encourage prospective contributors to send them a short abstract outlining the aim of the research and main results, in order to assess, at an early stage, if the contribution fits the scope of the Special Issue

Authors who need financial support could enjoy a 20% discount on the APCs to publish their articles in this Special Issue of Geosciences MDPI.

Dr. Carmen Cuenca-Garcia
Dr. Hana Grison
Dr. Clare Wilson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • geoscience
  • archaeo-geophysics
  • geoarchaeology
  • near-surface geophysics
  • archaeology
  • soil science
  • archaeological prospection
  • geochemical prospection
  • soil magnetism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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