Encyclopedia of Geoarchaeology

2017 Edition
| Editors: Allan S. Gilbert

Shipwreck Geoarchaeology

  • Rory QuinnEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4409-0_120


The past two decades have witnessed remarkable advances in seafloor mapping, with high-resolution acoustic imaging now routinely used in archaeological studies (e.g., Plets et al., 2011; Westley et al., 2011). Technological and methodological advances in acoustic imaging and digital rendering now permit shipwreck sites and individual artifacts to be imaged at centimetric resolution in tens or hundreds of meters of water (Quinn et al., 2005). Beyond using acoustics as merely a prospection tool for locating wreck sites, researchers are increasingly exploiting the quantitative aspects of these data, for example, using time-lapse multi-beam echo-sounder (MBES) bathymetric surveys to develop accretion-erosion plots (Quinn and Boland, 2010) and using MBES backscatter data to identify shipwrecks remotely (Masetti and Calder, 2012).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Maritime Archaeology, School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of UlsterColeraineUK