The Potential for Submerged Prehistoric Sites Beneath Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie Waters

Author(s): Mark Durante; Ben Ford; Katherine Farnsworth

Year: 2015


This paper presents the results of a preliminary model of submerged prehistoric site potential within the Pennsylvania portion of Lake Erie. The model takes into account both cultural and natural factors that may have influenced the placement and preservation of archaeological sites. Archaeological data from the current Lake Erie littorals of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York were used to model likely site locations based on known bottom features within Lake Erie, such as drowned shorelines and river channels. Geologic data, drawn from previous remote sensing and coring surveys, were then employed to model erosion and deposition that effect the survival and accessibility of submerged sites. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the potential to test this model.

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The Potential for Submerged Prehistoric Sites Beneath Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie Waters. Ben Ford, Mark Durante, Katherine Farnsworth. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394974)

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