Deep-Water Shipwreck Site Distribution: The Equation of Site Formation
Author(s): Robert Church
In 2007, archaeologists with C & C Technologies published a debris distribution model from data collected during a Deep Shipwreck Project with the former U.S. Minerals Management Service. The researchers have continued to refine the formula with additional shipwreck information. Studying the Gulfoil site at a depth of 534 meters BSL, as part of the Reefs, Rigs and Wrecks Program illustrated that a large portion of associated wreck debris fell outside the predictive distribution model and more information was needed to account for all the debris associated with catastrophic sinking events. Using additional standard equations in combination with the distribution model provided a greater understanding of the site formation. The information learned was then applied to other deep-water sites such as the passenger freighter Robert E. Lee and German U-boat, U-166 (both 1,400 meters BSL) to help draw a clearer picture of the site formation process for other deep-water sites.
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Deep-Water Shipwreck Site Distribution: The Equation of Site Formation. Robert Church. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428630)
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