Texas A&M PhD student Ben Ford and his team have returned to the eastern end of Lake Ontario to survey the maritime cultural landscape. For those who may have missed Ben's earlier entries his focus is on what lies between terrestrial and submerged archaeology: the archeology of the shore.
"Why study the shore? In order to understand how people and goods moved from land to water and back again and to give us a better understanding of human history.
While there are plenty of well-studied shipwrecks and our grasp of terrestrial archaeology is strong, archaeologists have not invested a significant amount of effort into connecting the two sub-fields. Many people in the past, however, transitioned easily from one medium to the next and many of the artifacts that we excavate likely moved across a waterline sometime before being deposited. The Lake Ontario Maritime Landscape Project will address this interface by focusing on how people interacted with the water along Lake Ontarioís shoreline between 5000 years before present (BP) and 1900."
You can view Benís latest entry by clicking on the May 27th link in the left menu here: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/project_journals/bf/bf_intro.shtml
In other news...
I'd like to say thank you to the 6th graders at Murray Hill Middle School in Laurel, MD for inviting me to their school last week. I had a great time talking about underwater archaeology with you all. Look for a post on the visit in the next few months. Enjoy the summer and I hope to see you again next year!
T Kurt Knoerl
The Museum of Underwater Archaeology