Lake Champlain Underwater Cultural Resources Survey - Volume IV: 1999 Results and Volume V: 2000 Results

Author(s): Adam I. Kane; Christopher Sabick

Year: 2001


Some of the information in this record was migrated into tDAR from the National Archaeological Database Reports Module (NADB-R). In May of 2013, Digital Antiquity curators found a digital copy of the report and added it to the record along with additional metadata for the general descriptive information about the report. The following text is from the Abstract of the report.

The introduction of zebra mussels in the early 1990s and the inevitable approaching infestation of quagga mussels seriously threaten Lake Champlain's underwater cultural resources. These non-native aquatic nuisance species endanger the preservation of submerged cultural resources, obscure them, and hinder their documentation and study. Mussel colonies also threaten to degrade underwater cultural resources physically as a result of their weight and corrosive action. As of this writing, no effective means to protect underwater historic resources from the impact of zebra and quagga mussels has been found.

In studying this issue, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum determined that one positive reaction to the situation would be to locate and document Lake Champlain’s currently unknown underwater cultural resources. Once this task is completed, it will then be possible to develop a comprehensive management plan for the sites. A systematic lakewide survey to locate the submerged resources standing proud of the lake bottom, which began in 1996, was the first step in this multi-year project.

This report on the 1999 and 2000 surveys is part of a series of volumes presenting the results of the Lake Champlain Underwater Cultural Resources Survey, also known as the Lake Survey. The first volume in this series (McLaughlin and Lessmann 1998) supplied an extensive general background on the history of Lake Champlain and archaeology that has taken place in the lake, while the second and third volumes (Sabick et al. 2000) focused on the history and archaeology pertaining only to the areas covered by the 1997 and 1998 surveys. The fourth and fifth volumes, contained in this report, present the results from the archaeological and historical investigations in the 1999 and 2000 survey areas. Additionally, this report includes the results of the conservation of a War of 1812 anchor from Plattsburgh Bay, New York and the archaeological investigation of colonial vessel CV- 2 in Northern Lake George, New York. This volume was developed after extensive background research, fieldwork, and the collection of a wide range of primary and secondary sources. These investigations have been integrated into this comprehensive document, providing information that can eventually contribute toward the management of Lake Champlain's underwater cultural resources.

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Lake Champlain Underwater Cultural Resources Survey - Volume IV: 1999 Results and Volume V: 2000 Results. Adam I. Kane, Christopher Sabick. Vergennes, Vermont: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. 2001 ( tDAR id: 253059) ; doi:10.6067/XCV82R3SHX



Spatial Coverage

min long: -73.477; min lat: 43.965 ; max long: -73.251; max lat: 44.426 ;

Record Identifiers

NADB document id number(s): 230564

NADB citation id number(s): 000000283040


General Note: Sent from: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

General Note: Submitted to: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

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