Controlled Archaeological Test Site (CATS) Facility

Metadata Updated: March 8, 2017

CATS facility is at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), Champaign, IL. This 1-acre test site includes a variety of subsurface features carefully designed to simulate phenomena and materials commonly encountered at prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. Test features simulate postholes, pits, hearths, house floors, burials, earthen embankments, etc. Other targets include bricks, concrete blocks, and (in a restricted area) metal objects. The precise location, depth, dimensions, and position of each object and feature have been recorded, mapped, and photographed. A geophysical survey was conducted before test site construction to ensure that no unknown features were present.

The CATS facility is available to government, academic, and private sector researchers who wish to accurately calibrate and/or document the performance of extant instruments, test sensor prototypes, collect data needed to develop enhanced data imaging or data fusion systems, document corporate capabilities, or train operators. Use of the CATS facility is expected to assist DOD in avoiding costs, mission delays, and personnel hazards by improving the success rate of geophysical surveys.

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Metadata Created Date March 8, 2017
Metadata Updated Date March 8, 2017

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