Monitoring and Predicting the Movement and Degradation of Cultural Resources Through Active Public Participation

Author(s): Austin L Burkhard

Year: 2016

Summary

Scattered near the coastline of Assateague Island, along the Maryland/Virginia border, hundreds of ships met their demise through harsh weather conditions and treacherous shoals. Similar environmental factors have allowed archaeologists to document these sites through the establishment of a Historic Wreck Tagging Program. The author, working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, developed and implemented a system to track the degradation and movement of shipwreck timbers as a means to manage cultural resources through public participation. Each timber is documented and given a tag, which contains a quick response (QR) code and web address that the public can easily assess. This technological feature sends a digital form from which real time data acquisition is provided to archaeologists. As a result, the author has been able to conceptualize formation processes and predict potential site locations.

Cite this Record

Monitoring and Predicting the Movement and Degradation of Cultural Resources Through Active Public Participation. Austin L Burkhard. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434905)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 595