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Site Formation Processes of Sunken Aircraft: A Case Study of Four WWII Aircraft in Saipan’’s Tanapag Lagoon

Author(s): Jennifer McKinnon ; Sam Bell

Year: 2014

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From 2009 to 2012 a multidisciplinary team collected archaeological and conservation survey data on four sunken aircraft in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This data was analysed in an effort to better understand site formation processes of WWII aircraft lost in the Pacific. A site formation model was produced based on previously established shipwreck models as well as corrosion data collected and analysed to provide a detailed description of how these sites have been and continue to be affected by both natural and cultural factors. This paper will outline the results of this research and hopes to provide a starting point from which other WWII aircraft can be investigated.


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Site Formation Processes of Sunken Aircraft: A Case Study of Four WWII Aircraft in Saipan’’s Tanapag Lagoon. Jennifer McKinnon, Sam Bell. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437148)


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PaperId(s): SYM-60,06

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