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Can Magnetic Directions of Kilns Help Us Distinguish Settlement Phases?

A Case Study From the Shahrizor Plain, Iraqi Kurdistan
Marion Scheiblecker
p. 201-206


– Mapping the magnetic direction of kilns.

– Distinguishing settlement phases through magnetic directions.

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In the case study area of Wadi Shamlu, located in the centre of Shahrizor Plain, 14 archaeological sites were surveyed by total field magnetometers. Measurements covered especially flat sites, but also tell sites of different sizes. Their dates range between the Late Neolithic and Islamic period up to modern times, covering more than 8,000 years. Besides archaeological and geological features, magnetometry detected several anomalies related to fire. Due to thermoremanent magnetisation, fire installations and features destroyed by fire carry the direction of the earth’s magnetic field of the last fire event. Mapping these directions could enable us to distinguish several phases at one site as well as to get more information about the related occupied areas.


The Shahrizor Plain in Iraqi Kurdistan lies at the Iraqi-Iranian Border between the cities Sulaymaniyah and Halabjah. The archaeological sites situated in the plain are subject of an interdisciplinary survey, the Shahrizor S...

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Marion Scheiblecker, « Can Magnetic Directions of Kilns Help Us Distinguish Settlement Phases? »ArcheoSciences, 45-1 | 2021, 201-206.

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Marion Scheiblecker, « Can Magnetic Directions of Kilns Help Us Distinguish Settlement Phases? »ArcheoSciences [En ligne], 45-1 | 2021, mis en ligne le 16 août 2021, consulté le 27 septembre 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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Marion Scheiblecker

Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology and Geophysics, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LMU München, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München

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