A Proof-of-Concept Study: Can Fishermen Interviews Locate Historic Shipwrecks? Methodology and Preliminary Results

Author(s): Joyce H. Steinmetz

Year: 2015

Summary

With immanent energy development off the US mid-Atlantic coast, submerged natural and cultural resources must be located, classified, and protected. Commercial bottom fishermen may be an untapped primary source of local environmental knowledge about shipwrecks and hard bottom morphology (natural reefs). This proof-of-concept study utilizes a sequenced multi-disciplinary methodology: ethnographic interviews, GIS cluster analysis of "hang" locations, side scan sonar surveys, and obstruction classification via scientific diving. 

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A Proof-of-Concept Study: Can Fishermen Interviews Locate Historic Shipwrecks? Methodology and Preliminary Results. Joyce H. Steinmetz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434128)

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

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