Technology, Theory, and Analysis

Using Remote Sensing as a Tool for Middle-Range Theory Building in Maritime and Nautical Archaeology
  • Richard J. Anuskiewicz
Part of the The Springer Series in Underwater Archaeology book series (SSUA)


This paper is presented to provide some guidance to the archaeologists working underwater contemplating using geophysical-prospecting data as a tool for middle-range theory building in maritime and nautical archaeology. The methodology and data presented herein are based on archaeological research conducted on and around St. Catherines Island, Georgia, and focus on the use of magnetometer remote sensing. The research objectives were basically threefold: first, to develop a historic maritime model for St. Catherines Island; second, to test this model by conducting comprehensive maritime and nautical archaeological studies of the waterways adjacent to and contiguous to the island; and third, to develop a correlation between remote sensing signatures and the archaeological context for middle-range theory building. This presentation will specifically discuss the methodological approach used to develop a maritime model and how the model used nautical archaeology in middle-range theory building for St. Catherines Island.


Historical Archaeology American Archaeology Maritime Archaeology Proton Magnetometer Wreck Site 
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