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Modeling Change: Quantifying Metal Shipwreck Degradation in Lake Michigan, Part II

Author(s): Caitlin Zant

Year: 2017

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The preservation and management of submerged cultural resources (SCRs), such as shipwrecks, is a difficult task that has been compounded in the Great Lakes region by the introduction of invasive species. Traditionally, cultural resource managers have had difficulty systematically monitoring and managing SCRs with limited time and funds. Structure from Motion (SfM) technology has proven to be a viable way to study long-term change in shipwreck sites, and as a way of systematically quantifying shipwreck degradation over time. Following up on initial research collected on the S.S. Wisconsin in 2005 and 2015, this paper demonstrates the results and capacity of SfM in identifying and calculating change in freshwater sites. This capability to quantify changes in shipwreck sites allows for an understanding of the processes of change, paving the way for new techniques in documenting, quantifying, and understanding these changes in order to develop pertinent strategies for managing cultural resources.

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Modeling Change: Quantifying Metal Shipwreck Degradation in Lake Michigan, Part II. Caitlin Zant. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435408)


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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): 315

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