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  • Submerged Paleocultural Landscapes Project

    A potentially important research project underway here in the waters of Rhode Island, and our offshore Atlantic waters. With assistance from the Narragansett. The Gallo Collection, seen at the first link, was put together by the daughter of a friend of mine. I'm excited and proud to see this kind of pioneering research into Paleo landscapes, now beneath the waves, taking place here in my home state.





    This article was originally published in forum thread: Submerged Paleocultural Landscapes Project started by CMD View original post
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    1. knife river's Avatar
      knife river -
      Catalina/Channel Islands, so that's offshore, but not submerged. And then there was the Manis mastodon in WA. Probably more that haven't made it to the public. I recall something about an early submerged site on the west coast, but don't recall if it was US or Canada.
    1. justonemore's Avatar
      justonemore -
      It will be interesting to see what they find in what once wasn't below the oceans along our coast.
    1. Dennis's Avatar
      Dennis -
      Nice read and video keep us up to date as things move along .
    1. CMD's Avatar
      CMD -
      I think one of the interesting things about this is that the coming wind farm development is seeing to it that the continental shelf in this region will be explored somewhat as a result. As well, it is providing an opportunity to confirm oral memories of an East coast tribal group. I believe, but not certain, that the Narragansett even have had an idea where abouts some submerged sites are located, including the area shown for the Block Island wind farm, the first to be approved for development.

      It also seems a real good idea that they are actually training some Narragansett in underwater archaeology. As Narragansett historical preservation Doug Harris made clear, the future should see archaeologists of Narragansett heritage investigating sites on the continental shelf. Although termed Paleocultural landscapes, in fact there must be many Archaic age sites in Block Island Sound and Rhode Island Sound as well. At the LGM, the coastline extended some 50 miles past Block Island. But, well into Archaic times, a lot of the area between the mainland and offshore islands of Long Island, Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket was still dry land. So there will be Archaic as well as Paleo sites on the continental slope nearest the present mainland. It seems reasonable that it would be those possible Archaic age village sites that are the core of the oral memories. Kind of amazing in itself.

      The investigation of the Greenwich Bay site, which is a tributary of Narragansett Bay, was the first effort at a professional dig of a prehistoric age underwater archaeological site in Rhode Island. I know it proved difficult logistically. Other then shipwrecks, underwater archaeology is pretty new hereabouts. But everybody is aware now that there may be real surprises where underwater Paleo sites are concerned. I'm thinking in terms of the Cinmar blade and the Solutrean hypothesis, of course, when I say that.

      Looks like the University of Rhode Island and the Narragansett will be pioneers to some degree where investigating continental shelf sites are concerned. And it's offshore wind farm development that is opening up these possibilities.
    1. bigotes's Avatar
      bigotes -
      that's very cool to me, and the fact that oral histories have been handed down for that many generations
    1. Neuse's Avatar
      Neuse -

      This link is about the discovery of an underwater forrest in the Gulf of Mexico.
      I am sure there are alot of possible archeological sites in the Gulf yet to be discovered.
    1. Bonneville's Avatar
      Bonneville -
      The coastline of most continents would probably look unfamiliar today. Great discovery that was kept secret. I read recently that Manhattan and Long Island were formed just about 10,000 years ago.