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How did they land here? Survey of a 1942 Catalina OA-10 US military aircraft lost in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Québec, Canada

Author(s): Chriss Ludin ; Charles Dagneau ; Marc-André Bernier ; Thierry Boyer

Year: 2014

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This paper presents fieldwork undertaken by Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Service (UAS) in 2012 on the wreck of a fairly intact 1942 Catalina OA-10 US military aircraft situated in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Québec, near Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada. This non intrusive survey documented the aircraft on the seabed, its general state of preservation, as well as the extent of sediment levels and the presentation of archaeological remains inside the aircraft. It confirmed the archaeological potential of the site and consequently the survival of human remains inside the fuselage. This paper aims to present the results of this survey while trying to understand the site formation process using historical, archaeological and environmental data in relation. The project took place in close collaboration with the US Joint POW-MIA (Prisoner of War - Missing in Action) Accounting Command (JPAC), that proceeded later on to the full excavation of the site.


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How did they land here? Survey of a 1942 Catalina OA-10 US military aircraft lost in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Québec, Canada. Chriss Ludin, Charles Dagneau, Marc-André Bernier, Thierry Boyer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437147)


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PaperId(s): SYM-60,05

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