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Maritime Archaelogy : A Reader of Substantive and Theoretical Contributions - Lawrence E. Babits

Maritime Archaelogy

A Reader of Substantive and Theoretical Contributions

By: Lawrence E. Babits (Editor), Hans Van Tilburg (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1998
ISBN: 9780306453304
Number Of Pages: 590

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This volume initiates a new series of books on maritime or underwater archaeology, and as the editor of the series I welcome its appearance with great excitement. It is appropriate that the first book of the series is a collection of articles intended for gradu- ate or undergraduate courses in underwater archaeology, since the growth in academic opportunities for students is an important sign of the vitality of this subdiscipline. The layman will enjoy the book as well. Academic and public interest in shipwrecks and other submerged archaeological sites is indicated by a number of factors. Every year there are 80 to 90 research papers presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology's Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, and the Proceedings are published. Public interest is shown by extensive press coverage of shipwreck investigations. One of the most important advances in recent years has been the passage of the Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987, for the first time providing national-level law con- cerning underwater archeological sites. The legislation has withstood a number of legal challenges by commercial treasure salvors, a very hopeful sign for the long-term pres- ervation of this nonrenewable type of cultural resource. The underwater archaeological discoveries of 1995 were particularly noteworthy. The Texas Historical Commission discovered the Belle, one of La Salle's ships, and the CSS Hunley was found by a joint project of South Carolina and a private nonprofit organization called NUMA.

Introductionp. 1
The Fieldp. 5
Underwater Archaeologyp. 7
The Fos Underwater Excavationsp. 9
The Technical Importance of Shipwreck Archaeologyp. 17
Introducing Maritime Archaeologyp. 23
Integrating Archaeological and Historical Records in Dutch East India Company Researchp. 39
A Discussion of Maritime Archaeologyp. 47
The Secular Debatep. 55
Underwater Archaeology, European versus Americanp. 57
The South Carolina Hobby Diver Programp. 65
Ethics and the Great Debatep. 73
The World's Worst Investment: The Economics of Treasure Hunting with Real-Life Comparisonsp. 75
Why Dr. Bass Couldn't Convince Mr. Gumbel: The Trouble with Treasure Revisited, Againp. 85
Archaeology on Trialp. 97
American Naval Archaeology: Past and Prologuep. 105
Areal Studiesp. 113
The Mediterranean: Bibliographyp. 115
Northern Europe: Bibliographyp. 117
The Caribbean: Bibliographyp. 119
The Pacific Rimp. 121
Current Status of Underwater Archaeology in Malaysiap. 123
Philippine Underwater Archaeology: Present Research Projects and New Developmentsp. 127
The Arabic World: Bibliographyp. 137
Africa: Bibliographyp. 139
Research Designp. 141
Hypothesis Buildingp. 143
The Method of Multiple Working Hypotheses: With This Method the Dangers of Parental Affection for a Favorite Theory Can Be Circumventedp. 145
Strong Inference: Certain Systematic Methods of Scientific Thinking May Produce Much More Rapid Progress Than Othersp. 155
The Limitations of Inference in Archaeologyp. 167
Archaeological Methodsp. 175
The Berth 52 Vessel (09CH691): The Interim Reportp. 187
Theoryp. 203
Middle-Range Theory in Archaeology: A Critical Review of Origins and Applicationsp. 205
Technology, Theory, and Analysis: Using Remote Sensing as a Tool for Middle-Range Theory Building in Maritime and Nautical Archaeologyp. 223
Considerations for Research Designs in Shipwreck Archaeologyp. 233
Finding Sitesp. 243
Site Location Factorsp. 245
Sea Level Change as a Variable in Colonial American Archaeologyp. 247
Site Location Factorsp. 253
Site Formation Processesp. 259
Physical Processes at the CSS Chattahoochee Wreck Sitep. 261
The Archaeology of Shipwrecksp. 267
Cultural Resources Magnetometer Survey and Testingp. 291
A Diachronic Study of Some Historical and Natural Factors Linked to Shipwreck Patterns in the Northern Gulf of Mexicop. 303
Survey Methodologyp. 317
Nautical Archaeology Survey Methodsp. 319
A Developmental Model for Survey and Inventory of Submerged Archaeological Resources in a Riverine System: The Patuxent River, Marylandp. 323
High Technologyp. 339
History of Going Underwaterp. 341
History of Divingp. 343
Magnetometerp. 355
Considerations of Remote Sensing Limitations to Submerged Historical Site Surveyp. 357
An Airborne Magnetometer Survey for Shipwrecks and Associated Underwater Test Excavationsp. 363
Magnetic Search and Survey in Shallow Water and Beach Areasp. 375
Sonarp. 379
New Capabilities for Side-Scan Sonarp. 381
Isis--Versatile Sonar Data Acquisitionp. 387
Mapping and Recordingp. 395
Computer Video Image Digitization on the USS Monitor: A Research Tool for Underwater Archaeologyp. 397
Electronic Mapping of Underwater Sitesp. 403
Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV)p. 411
Site Significancep. 415
Significancep. 417
An Envelope Full of Questions That Count in Underwater Archaeologyp. 419
Additional Bibliography for Part VI.Ap. 427
Specific Criteriap. 429
Toward Establishing Research and Significance Criteria for Civil War Shipwreck Resourcesp. 431
A Small-Craft Topology: Tool for Archaelogical Researchp. 441
Data Recoveryp. 449
Pre-Excavation Recordingp. 451
Preliminary Investigations of a Shipwreck, Pumpata Cahuita National Park, Costa Ricap. 453
Samplingp. 469
The Analysis of Sea-Bed Distributions: Discontinuous Sitesp. 471
Extreme Data Recovery Conditionsp. 491
Mapping and Site Characterization in Zero Visibility: The C.S.S. Georgiap. 493
Bridging the Experience Gap: Techniques for Reducing the Stress of Zero Visibility Trainingp. 507
Zero-Visibility Diving on the Maple Leaf: The Tricks of the Tradep. 513
Conservationp. 521
The Investigation of the Factors That Affect the Preservation of Underwater Archaeological Sitesp. 523
Interpretation and Exhibitionp. 533
Interpretationp. 535
16th-Century Spanish Basque Coopering Technologyp. 537
Exhibitionp. 551
Shipwreck!--The 1554 Flota Exhibitp. 553
A Children's Museum Exhibit on the 1554 Flota Wrecksp. 558
Conclusionp. 563
Archaeological Organizations and Journalsp. 565
Supplemental Bibliographical Sources for 17th through 19th Centuriesp. 567
About the Contributorsp. 571
Indexp. 575
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ISBN: 9780306453304
ISBN-10: 0306453304
Series: The Springer Underwater Archaeology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 590
Published: 31st January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.81 x 18.21  x 4.17
Weight (kg): 1.24

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