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.
Ford 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
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.