The DHSC Project was recently represented at the NSF Workshop on the Submerged Paleolandscape Archeology of North America, held at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Washington DC. DHSC PI, Professor Geoff Bailey spoke about the importance of integrated approaches to submerged landscapes and the DHSC project’s current research efforts in Europe and Australia.

The DHSC team is delighted to see increased interest in this space internationally and especially glad to see inclusion of Indigenous representatives at the NSF workshop.

Professors James Dixon and Loren Davis organised the workshop highlighting the importance of submerged landscape archaeology to North American and World Archaeology.

Part 1. Global Significance and Progress in the European Union Geoffrey N. Bailey, Flinders University, AUS and the 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 

Author: Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture

This is our official project blog for the Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture. Our project is funded by the Australian Research Council (DP170100812) and our official webpage is: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/seacountry.cfm Submerged landscape archaeology is an under-researched field in Australia and represents a major opportunity to address knowledge gaps in world prehistory such as early human migrations, the archaeology of land bridges and coastal-hinterland cultural exchange.

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