Mapping Submerged Landscapes Using Multibeam Bathymetric Data: a case study from the north coast of Ireland

K Westley, R Quinn, W Forsythe, R Plets, T Bell, S Benetti, F McGrath, R Robinson

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Abstract

This paper outlines work currently being undertaken to reconstruct submerged archaeological landscapes off the north coast of Ireland. This research uses the recently‐completed Joint Irish Bathymetric Survey (JIBS), which has provided full‐coverage high‐resolution multibeam bathymetric data for the sea‐bed off the north coast. This data has been examined for evidence of past sea‐level change and been used to produce palaeo‐geographic reconstructions of the past landscape, which in turn have facilitated the identification of ten areas of high archaeological potential. The results presented here will form the basis of a future programme of archaeological survey and prospection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-112
JournalINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NAUTICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2011

Keywords

  • Ireland
  • multibeam
  • Mesolithic
  • palaeo-landscape
  • sea-level change
  • underwater

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