Lost Frontiers at the NSF Workshop on the Submerged Palaeolandscape Archeology of North America


Lost Frontiers was represented at the NSF Workshop on the Submerged Paleolandscape Archeology of North America by Prof. Vince Gaffney, held in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Organised by Professors E. James Dixon and Loren G. Davis, the workshop aimed to define the importance of offshore archaeological exploration, research, resource management responsibilities, and indigenous interests relevant to submerged cultural resources on the US continental shelves

The workshop was extremely successful, attracted researchers from across America, and was characterised by stimulating discussion and the presentation of research in the Americas which is of considerable interest to palaeolandscape researchers around the world.

Part 1. Global Significance and Progress in the European Union
Geoffrey N. Bailey, University of York, UK. International Significance of
Submerged Landscape Archeology
Vincent Gaffney, University of Bradford, UK. Europe’s Lost Frontiers, the Chichley Conference and Report
Martin Segschneider, Archaeological State Office Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf

Part 2. Submerged Landscapes Archaeology in a National Context
Loren G. Davis, Oregon State University, USA.
Significance of Submerged Landscape Archeology in North America
William Brown. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, US Department of the Interior. Overview: Federal Agency Regulatory
Responsibilities, Programs, Oversight re: Cultural and Paleontological Resources
on the US Continental Shelves
Douglas Harris, Narragansett Deputy Tribal Preservation Officer. Heritage and Cultural Values of submerged cultural resources.

Part 3. Modeling and Survey Methods: State of the Art
Kelly Monteleone, University of Calgary, Canada. Paleolandscape Modeling.
Jillian Maloney, San Diego State University, USA. Geophysical Survey: Site Survey, Detection, and Sampling

Part 4. Preliminary Working Groups
1) Rationale and significance of submerged paleolandscape archeology
2) Forging interagency, tribal, academic, and private partnerships
3) Defining needs, identifying funding, and logistic resources
4) Scientific, heritage, and resource management – a SPLASHCOS for America?
5) Cultural, field, and laboratory research protocols
6) Developing new methods and technology


Smithsonian Natural History Museum

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