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Evaluating consumer-grade sonar for documenting inundated archaeological sites in Northwestern Ontario

dc.contributor.advisorHamilton, Scott
dc.contributor.authorMcEvoy, Christopher J.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis assesses the application and effectiveness of consumer-grade sonar instruments for documenting inundated archaeological sites across Northwestern Ontario. Although the use of bathymetry and side scan sonar is commonly used by marine archaeologists, the acquisition of such data can be extremely costly, while also cumbersome in shallow water environments. Many Northwestern Ontario lakes and rivers have complicated histories involving both human-made and natural lake-level changes that have degraded and inundated shorelines containing archaeological resources. Four case studies throughout the Thunder Bay region were assessed using an inexpensive hull-mounted sonar system to test whether the instruments provide sufficient precision and resolution for further archaeological investigations.en_US
dc.subjectCultural history of the Thunder Bay regionen_US
dc.subjectHydroelectric damsen_US
dc.subjectMarine archaeologyen_US
dc.subjectUnderwater archaeology in Ontarioen_US
dc.subjectCost-effective marine archaeological investigationsen_US
dc.titleEvaluating consumer-grade sonar for documenting inundated archaeological sites in Northwestern Ontarioen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US of Environmental Studiesen_US Studies : Northern Environments & Culturesen_US Universityen_US

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