Tim Horsley

Tim Horsley, Ph.D. is a geophysical archaeologist with more than 15 years experience working on commercial and research projects in North America, South America, Europe and Central and East Asia. He has a Ph.D. in Archaeological Prospection from the Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford, UK and has taught courses in the UK, US and Peru. His research primarily focuses on developing appropriate geophysical methodologies in challenging environments, including igneous geologies (e.g. Iceland, US), alluvial deposits (US, China) and developed sites (US). He also works closely with archaeologists to effectively integrate geophysical and traditional strategies. Not only does this allow entire sites and landscapes to be efficiently investigated, it is possible to generate and test new research questions that are specific to a site and its particular cultural resources.

Professor Horsley also runs Horsley Archaeological Prospection, LLC, providing geophysical surveys, training and consultancy to the public and private sectors. Projects include prehistoric and historic site delineation, surveys as part of Phase and II investigations and locating unmarked burials in cemeteries.

Selected Publications

Horsley, T.J., Wright, A.P. and Barrier, C.R. (2014). Prospecting for new questions: Integrating geophysics to define anthropological research objectives and inform excavation strategies at monumental sites. Archaeological Prospection.

Barrier, C.R. and Horsley, T.J. (2014). Shifting Communities: Demographic Profiles of Early Village Population Growth-and-Decline in the Central American Bottom. American Antiquity.

Horsley, T.J. (2009). Diqiu wuli jishu zai Zhongguo Sichuan Chengdu Pingyuan kaogu gongzuo zhong de yingyong 2006 nian 12 yue - 2007 nian 1 yue (The utility of geophysical techniques in China based on archaeological research in the Chengdu Plain, Sichuan - Dec. 2006 - Jan. 2007). Nanfang minzu kaogu [Southern Ethnoarchaeology].

Horsley, T.J. and Dockrill, S.J. (2002). A preliminary assessment of the use of routine geophysical techniques for the location, characterisation and interpretation of buried archaeology in Iceland. Archaeologia Islandica 2: 10-33.


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Ph.D.: University of Bradford