SEMINARS AND COLLOQUIA
Land and Underwater Archaeology
We began with a discussion on side scan sonar technology and exhibited literature from Marine Sonic Technology, Ltd. MSTL manufactures and markets several side scan towfish and supporting computer software. Displayed were images from the 600 KHz and 150 KHz transducers.
The discussion then ranged to the results of the Skerki Bank 1997 Project and papers presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology conference in Atlanta, GA earlier in the month.
The topic of conversation then shifted to the 1998 Black Sea Project. The stated goals of the project were two-fold:
Logistics for operating in Sinop:
Group dynamics and interdisciplinarity:
What should the land/water groups learn from each other before going into the field?
Ideally, both groups should have a working knowledge of the techniques and research questions incorporated by the other. To that end, the land archaeologists should learn about remote sensing hardware (side scan sonar) and the physics involved in the operations of the systems.
A Geographic Information System database should be constructed to bring together the information collected during the land surveys. Basic geographic data should serve as the foundation of this database - do digital maps exist for the region? If so, the GIS should be constructed as rapidly as possible, with versions circulated among the group. Feedback from the group should be directed toward improving the geographic information contained in the database.
Meetings times for the research group should be formalized, and topics for future meetings should include Black Sea trade patterns in the ancient world, Black Sea oceanography, and Black Sea geomorphology.
Jon Adams - Soton
David Mindell - MIT
David Smart - Harvard & Black Sea Trade Route Project
Alex Gantos - BU and Black Sea Trade Route Project
Brendan Foley - MIT
Cathy Offinger - IFE