Preserving the Past: Managing Prehistoric and Historic Canoes

Author(s): Alyssa D. Reisner

Year: 2015


Cultural resource managers often encounter historic and prehistoric wooden canoes during their archaeological field investigations or inventory process. There is considerable variation in ways that state entities manage these vessels. Different techniques are used, including but not limited to, in situ preservation, excavation, conservation, and museum exhibition. The current study examined and compared various options and techniques employed in the management of wooden canoes, mainly focusing on case studies in the southeastern United States. The pertinent laws specifically concerning canoes that are Native American-built were considered where applicable. Choice of methods used to manage and preserve in several different canoe projects was explored, and the technology used by various teams to investigate these important cultural objects was examined. Along with management considerations, the ethnographic and historical context of these culturally significant canoes was investigated. Recommendations were made which may lead to better outcomes in future canoe management projects.  

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Preserving the Past: Managing Prehistoric and Historic Canoes. Alyssa D. Reisner. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433972)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 213