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Use Of Electronic Diver Positioning In A Challenging Marine Archaeological Environment

Author(s): Andrew D. W. Lydecker

Year: 2016

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An important consideration in the excavation of an archaeological site is spatial control. Establishing provenience is particularly challenging in a harsh environment such as the Savannah River, where black water, high current, limited dive windows, safety constraints, and limited budgets do not allow traditional archaeological methods to achieve success in a project with the scope of the excavation and recovery of the CSS Georgia. The nature of the Savannah River environment dictates a more high tech approach which makes certain compromises in order to achieve the desired result within a reasonable time window. This paper will discuss various methods of underwater positioning, their potential for use in a harsh environment such as that found in the Savannah River, and the solution employed during the excavation and recovery of the CSS Georgia.


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Use Of Electronic Diver Positioning In A Challenging Marine Archaeological Environment. Andrew D. W. Lydecker. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434943)


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Temporal Keywords
19th Century


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 382

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