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The Muskegon Shipwreck in Lake Michigan: Archaeological Applications and Modeling Three-dimensional Sonar Sector Scan Data for Identification, Analysis and In Situ Site Management

Author(s): Kira Kaufmann ; Chris Hartzell ; Roy Forsyth

Year: 2014

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Summary

In 2013, newer applications of remote sensing technology were employed to better define the archaeological site of the Muskegon Shipwreck, Indiana’s only historic shipwreck listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Sector scan sonar survey data was compiled in both two and three-dimensional formats providing a new perspective of the site for further archaeological Identification and analysis. The combined results of this survey expanded our understanding of the site contexts and allowed for a more informed understanding of site formation processes. The data provided a detailed non-invasive view and specific measurements of site structure and previously unrecognized artifacts. The resulting composite three-dimensional model, when animated, allows examination of the shipwreck site in a completely innovative way. This model is being used to better assess recent damage to the site, provide baseline data for proposed in situ site stabilization strategies, and the development of a site management plan.


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The Muskegon Shipwreck in Lake Michigan: Archaeological Applications and Modeling Three-dimensional Sonar Sector Scan Data for Identification, Analysis and In Situ Site Management. Kira Kaufmann, Chris Hartzell, Roy Forsyth. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437101)


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PaperId(s): SYM-56,08

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