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Shallow Water Hydrographic surveys in support of archaeological site preservation: Queen Anne’s Revenge Wreck Site, North Carolina

Author(s): Mark U. Wilde-Ramsing ; David J. Bernstein ; Chris W. Freeman ; Benjamin J. Sumners

Year: 2016

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Summary

In 2006, the NC Department of Cultural Resources/Underwater Archaeology Branch and the US Army Corps of Engineers undertook an experimental project by placing a mound ofdredge spoil sediments on the updrift side of the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck site. This experiment was designed to promote site preservation and decrease exposure of subaqueous cultural artifacts. A series of high-resolution multibeam sonar surveys were conducted to quantify and monitor the morphology of the sediment mound and it’s interaction with the wreck site. After each survey, a spatio-temporal assessment was performed using modern GIS techniques. Over the course of five years, the sediment mound dispersed gradually to the wreck site, reducing the erosional trend at the site and protecting the remaining artifacts. Hydrographic surveys carried out for the experimental sediment mound project proved instrumental in understanding the effectiveness of this preservation technique for shipwreck artifacts lying in an energetic coastal environment.  


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Shallow Water Hydrographic surveys in support of archaeological site preservation: Queen Anne’s Revenge Wreck Site, North Carolina. Mark U. Wilde-Ramsing, David J. Bernstein, Chris W. Freeman, Benjamin J. Sumners. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434687)


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

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PaperId(s): 288

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