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Archaeological Oceanography
     

Archaeological Oceanography

by Robert D. Ballard
 

ISBN-10: 0691129401

ISBN-13: 9780691129402

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Archaeological Oceanography is the definitive book on the newly emerging field of deep-sea archaeology. Marine archaeologists have been finding and excavating underwater shipwrecks since at least the early 1950s, but until recently their explorations have been restricted to depths considered shallow by oceanographic standards. This book describes the latest

Overview

Archaeological Oceanography is the definitive book on the newly emerging field of deep-sea archaeology. Marine archaeologists have been finding and excavating underwater shipwrecks since at least the early 1950s, but until recently their explorations have been restricted to depths considered shallow by oceanographic standards. This book describes the latest advances that enable researchers to probe the secrets of the deep ocean, and the vital contributions these advances offer to archaeology and fields like maritime history and anthropology.

Renowned oceanographer Robert Ballard—who stunned the world with his discovery of the Titanic deep in the North Atlantic—has gathered together the pioneers of archaeological oceanography, a cross-disciplinary group of archaeologists, oceanographers, ocean engineers, and anthropologists who have undertaken ambitious expeditions into the deep sea. In this book, they discuss the history of archaeological oceanography and the evolution and use of advanced deep-submergence technology to locate and excavate ancient and modern shipwrecks and cultural and other sites deep under water. They offer examples from their own expeditions and explain the challenges future programs face in obtaining access to the resources needed to carry out this important and exciting research.

The contributors are Robert D. Ballard, Ali Can, Dwight F. Coleman, Mike J. Durbin, Ryan Eustace, Brendan Foley, Cathy Giangrande, Todd S. Gregory, Rachel L. Horlings, Jonathan Howland, Kevin McBride, James B. Newman, Dennis Piechota, Oscar Pizarro, Christopher Roman, Hanumant Singh, Cheryl Ward, and Sarah Webster.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691129402
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix

PART ONE: The Technology and Techniques of Archaeological Oc eanography
Chapter 1: Oceanographic Methods for Underwater Archaeological Surveys by D. F. Coleman and R. D. Ballard 3
Chapter 2: The Development of Towed Optical and Acoustical Vehicle Systems and Remotely Operated Vehicles in Support of Archaeological Oceanography by J. B. Newman, T. S. Gregory, and J. Howland 15
Chapter 3: High-resolution Optical Imaging for Deep-water Archaeology by H. Singh, C. Roman, O. Pizarro, B. Foley, R. Eustice, and A. Can 30
Chapter 4: The Development of Excavation Technology for Remotely Operated Vehicles by S. Webster 41
Chapter 5: Conservation of Archaeological Finds from Deep-water Wreck Sites by D. Piechota and C. Giangrande 65

PART TWO: Contemporary Shipwrecks in the Deep Sea
Chapter 6: The Search for Contemporary Shipwrecks in the Deep Sea: Lessons Learned by R. D. Ballard 95

Part Three Deep-water Shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and Black Seas
Chapter 7: Searching for Ancient Shipwrecks in the Deep Sea by R. D. Ballard 131
Chapter 8: The Remote Exploration and Archaeological Survey of Four Byzantine Ships in the Black Sea by C. Ward and R. Horlings 148

PART FOUR: Submerged Landscape Archaeology
Chapter 9: Archaeological and Geological Oceanography of Inundated Coastal Landscapes: An Introduction by D. F. Coleman 177
10. Underwater Prehistoric Archaeological Potential on the Southern New England Continental Shelf off Block Island 200 D. F. Coleman and K. McBride
Chapter 11: Sinkholes in Lake Huron and the Possibility for Early Human Occupation on the Submerged Great Lakes Shelf by D. F. Coleman 224

PART FIVE: Telepresence and Submerged Cultural Sites
Chapter 12: Long-term Preservation and Telepresence Visitation of Cultural Sites beneath the Sea by R. D. Ballard and M. J. Durbin 249

Glossary 263 List of Contributors 275 Index 277

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