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The Tempest: geoarchaeological investigations into the effects of a hurricane on a submerged prehistoric archaeological site, Apalachee Bay, Florida, U.S.A.

Author(s): Jessica Cook Hale ; Nathan Hale ; Ervan Garrison

Year: 2017

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Summary

When Hurricane Hermine made landfall approximately 5 miles southeast of St. Mark's, Florida, on September 1st 2016, it passed directly over several known submerged prehistoric archaeological sites in Apalachee Bay. This was less than one month after we had completed geoarchaeological investigations at one of them, the Econfina Channel Site, 8Ta139. The passage of the hurricane has allowed us a unique opportunity to assess what, if any, effects the storm had on the site. This study is particularly relevant because the nature of preservation at submerged prehistoric sites varies depending on multiple factors, many of which cannot be properly constrained. In this case, we have sedimentological datasets from prior to the storm. These will be compared to sedimentological datasets collected after, as well as any other observed changes in site features, artifacts, or overall geomorphological context.


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The Tempest: geoarchaeological investigations into the effects of a hurricane on a submerged prehistoric archaeological site, Apalachee Bay, Florida, U.S.A.. Jessica Cook Hale, Nathan Hale, Ervan Garrison. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430315)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17649

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