Ford, Farnsworth, and Colleagues Publish on Shipwreck Site Formation

Posted on 1/15/2016 9:51:56 AM

Ben Ford (Anthropology), Katie Farnsworth (Geoscience), Carrie Sowden (Great Lakes Historical Society), and Scott Harris (College of Charleston) collaborated on a chapter for Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks published by the University Press of Florida in January 2016.

Site Formation Processes of Submerged ShipwrecksFord and Farnsworth’s chapter, titled “Coastal and Inland Geologic and Geomorphic Processes,” builds on seven years of collaborative research between the departments of Anthropology and Geoscience. The chapter discusses how near-shore and river processes such as sediment movement, tides, currents, erosion, and human actions work to bury, expose, destroy, and preserve shipwrecks.

The physical processes are of interest to geoscientists as part of larger questions of how shores and rivers form and change, and the shipwrecks serve as convenient markers of a known date. For archaeologists, understanding how a site forms is fundamental to determining what can be said about the humans who inhabited the ship. The natural patterns must be determined before the cultural patterns can be interpreted.

More information about Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks is available on the press website.