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Anthropologist Ford Discusses the Challenges of Underwater Archaeology

Ben Ford, Department of Anthropology, recently spoke to the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology about underwater archaeology.

The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA) is an organization of amateur and professional archaeologists interested in the historic and prehistoric heritage of Pennsylvania. The Ohio Valley Chapter of the SPA is located in Butler, Pa.

Ford was invited to give a one-hour lecture on underwater archaeology. His talk covered the similarities and differences between underwater and terrestrial archaeology through examples of projects he has been involved with, including: the only recorded shipwreck in Oklahoma, a deep-water wreck in the Gulf of Mexico, and his current work along the shores of Lake Ontario. SPA members asked several questions about underwater archaeology, in particular about the current work to freeze-dry the remains of La Salle’s ship, the Belle.

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