Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Benjamin Ford, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Katherine Farnsworth, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Lara Homsey-Messer, Ph.D.


Magnetometry is one of the primary methods that archaeologists use to locate shipwrecks. This study uses historical research and an understanding of magnetics and magnetometry to develop a useful model will help guide further magnetometric research on sunken ships. This study concludes that estimated magnetic signals of sunken ships can help archaeologists determine the type and age of a shipwreck through its magnetic signal. The model developed in this work looks at vessel types including brigantine, schooner, sloop, ship, and snow launched within the time ranges of 1750-1799, 1800-1849 and 1850-1900. Though the model developed in this work is a good start to benefit future archaeological surveys it would also benefit greatly from additional data collection in order to provide a more accurate estimated magnetic signal of each vessel type.

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