Speaker Caitlin Zant will be presenting on the Applications of GIS in Marine Archaeology at the WLIA Fall Regional Meeting, taking place in Sturgeon Bay, WI on October 11th and 12th at the Stone Harbor Resort.
The field of Maritime Archaeology is a broad and multi-faceted discipline that incorporates many other areas of study through research and analysis. In depth historical and archaeological investigations allow maritime researchers to paint a vivid picture of life the maritime world through the use of historic narratives and archaeological remains. The role GIS plays in maritime archaeological research, and its applications in studying Wisconsin’s maritime history will be discussed in this presentation.
The use of GIS, and other spatial tools, allows researchers to take this data even further and understand maritime heritage in new ways. While not currently used as extensively as it could be, GIS offers a substantial opportunity for analyzing maritime historical and archaeological data in alternative ways. By applying spatial analysis to maritime archaeological data, new insights can be made into the broader aspects historic maritime cultural and industrial landscapes. From gaining an understanding of historic maritime trade routes and vessel type used in different regions, to investigating shifting coastlines and waterfronts, to examining the diversity of maritime workers over time, spatial analysis and applications in GIS can provide a better understanding of how people have used, and changed, waterways over time.