Underwater and Intertidal Archaeology of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (France)

Author(s): Cécile Sauvage

Year: 2020


This is an abstract from the session entitled "From the Bottom Up: Socioeconomic Archaeology of the French Maritime Empire" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Within the French Maritime Empire, the Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon archipelago (SPM) represents a rare example of a colony mainly devoted to the exploitation of maritime wealth. As such, SPM appears as an exception within the French Empire. Its history is closely linked to the Great cod fishing, that spanned a long period, from the XVIth century to 1992. Mooring cod fishing was due to French metropolitan sailing ships, whereas sedentary fishing, that prompted the presence of a few shipwrights, chaffauds and graves, was the work of local crafts or modest metropolitan ships. Some aspects of this maritime culture have been studied in the 1980s by Chapelot, Geistdoerfer and Rieth, based on ethnographic surveys and archive studies. Since 2017, the DRASSM keeps researching on the subject, and intends to make an inventory of archaeological underwater and intertidal sites of this archipelago.

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Underwater and Intertidal Archaeology of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (France). Cécile Sauvage. 2020 ( tDAR id: 456989)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -4.777; min lat: 41.367 ; max long: 9.553; max lat: 51.091 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 645