A question that counts in maritime archaeology : linking historical and archaeological sources in the French West Indies
Author(s): Jean-Sébastien Guibert
This paper aims to present part of the results of historical research in the service of underwater and maritime archaeology realized during a Phd thesis dealing with seafaring and maritime activity in Guadeloupe (FWI). Historical research are presented through two points of view : the use of historical research to help identify shipwreck and maritime sites and the use of historical research to present underwater archaeological potential. This multi scale approach has to be evaluated regarding first results in both fields history and archaeology. Those preliminary research permit to propose hypothesis identification for five shipwreck sites, supposed dating from the beginning of 19th century : the Anse à la Barque wrecks, the Pointe-à-Pitre’ narrow shipwreck, the Baie des Saintes shipwreck and the Sainte-Anne one. In parallel a global approach dealing with archaeological potential of Guadeloupe presenting the result of archival research. Both approaches are presented thanks to recent results questioning links between archaeological and historical research in the field of historical archaeology.
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A question that counts in maritime archaeology : linking historical and archaeological sources in the French West Indies. Jean-Sébastien Guibert. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437001)
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