Interpretation of geophysical data seems obvious in many cases. But, what do these patterns and structures found in magnetic and GPR data really tell about the development of prehistoric settlements? And how do our own notions and prejudices on prehistoric life affect the result of interpretation? Several examples of geophysical surveys from Southeastern and Southern Europe reflect on the possibilities and the pitfalls interpreting geophysical data in archaeology.
Figure: Current state of archaeological interpretation of magnetic data obtained at the prehistoric complex of Gorjani (Osijek-Baranja county, Croatia)