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Accession Number PB2013-103515
Title Inventory and Analysis of Archaeological Site Occurrence on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 349p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The sea is often described as the last great frontier. It is vast and opaque, and exploring its depths requires ingenuity and daring comparable to that summoned for space flight. The sea can be inhospitable and indifferent to human survival. From the vantage point of a ship far from shore, one ca experience vist--as of tremendous emptiness in every direction, with expanses of water meeting expanses of sky. Within this watery void, your ship is the only remnant of human culture as far as the eye can see - a floating outpost of cultural landscape. In this light, it can be difficult to imagine that the submerged continental shelf holds a rich archaeological record, documenting not just the history of maritime exploration, trade, and warfare in ships that never reached their ports, but thousands of years of prehistoric human settlement when sea levels were lower and coastlines were miles from the modern shore. This submerged archaeological record within federal waters along the Atlantic Seaboard is the subject of the current study.
Keywords Archaeology
Atlantic Ocean
Continental shelf
Cultural landscape
Site investigations

Source Agency Minerals Management Service
NTIS Subject Category 47 - Ocean Sciences & Technology
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
Corporate Author TRC Environmental Corp., Norcross, GA
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number N/A

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