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Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Sites in the French West Indies Through the Example of Guadeloupe: A First Approach 

Author(s): Jean-Sébastien Guibert ; Christian Stouvenot ; Frédéric Leroy

Year: 2013

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A broad point of view is applied in order to present this first approach on the formation processes of submerged  and coastal archaeological sites in Guadeloupe. Evidence from historical analysis to archaeological observation help to explain formation processes associated with coastal and submerged archaeological sites. This paper presents a typological approach linked with the site location: underwater, coastal and micro island sites.

The formation processes of shipwreck sites incorporate several parameters, from the events associated with maritime losses to the underwater preservation context. In this discussion field-tested examples are used to assess the archaeological potential for submerged shipwreck sites.

Geomorphologic parameters, including erosion, sea level evolution, and tectonic activity, are evaluated with regard to the formation of coastal Amerindian and colonial sites, in particular, micro-island sites. Historical coastal sites formation under process provide interesting information useful in assessing the impact of development and urbanization.


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Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Sites in the French West Indies Through the Example of Guadeloupe: A First Approach . Jean-Sébastien Guibert, Christian Stouvenot, Frédéric Leroy. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428356)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America