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The Goodwin Sands: Patterns of Burial and Updating the Wreck Record

Author(s): Elizabeth Krueger ; Justin Dix

Year: 2017

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A study has been undertaken combining time lapse, high quality, bathymetric data and known wreck databases over the area known as the Goodwin Sands, a large sandbank in the English Channel. The Goodwins have a long history of shipwrecks primarily due to proximity to major shipping routes, and the extant archaeological record identifies wrecks from the 18th through the 20th Century. The recent availability of swath bathymetry acquired by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency as part of their Civil Hydrography Programme not only allows the detailed re-evaluation of the extant record but also an understanding of the site formation processes operating on wrecks spread across the bank. In particular, patterns of exposure and burial are investigated to assess where wrecks may become buried or exposed over time, and potential implications for future work in the area are discussed.

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The Goodwin Sands: Patterns of Burial and Updating the Wreck Record. Elizabeth Krueger, Justin Dix. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435460)


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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): 476

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