Underwater Archaeology Through the Ages


This is an abstract from the "POSTER Session 2: Linking Historic Documents and Background Research in Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Archaeology underwater is a broad field. While traditionally associated with historical resources such as ships, harbors, and sunken cities, growing attention is focused on less researched portions of the submerged archaeological record such as prehistoric sites, shipwrecks in deep water, and sunken military aircraft. The poster presents an analysis of word usage in SHA and SAA conferences since 1967 and 1935, respectively. We track the use of words associated with underwater archaeology in abstracts and talk titles. We assign papers into nominal categories which include varying specialties like time period and geographic region. These data present interesting trends relevant to academic institutions, research groups, government agencies, and archaeological industry. As interest in underwater cultural heritage increases, it is useful to examine the direction and trends of our field. We present our results of the evolution and direction of underwater archaeology as a discipline to inform the broader scientific community.

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Underwater Archaeology Through the Ages. Morgan F. Smith, Keilani Hernandez, Arlice Marionneaux, Tara Van Niekerk, Hunter W. Whitehead. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449206)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 515