Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Benjamin Ford

Second Advisor

William Chadwick

Third Advisor

Christopher Sabick

Abstract

Shipwrecks are adversely affected by human activities. Some of the most common activities conducted by humans, include recreational SCUBA diving and fishing, have the potential to destroy the data and cultural integrity of these sites. Human interaction with shipwrecks requires additional research to find the best way to limit human impact on shipwrecks. This project’s primary goal was to measure the level of human impact on newly discovered shipwrecks one year after their locations were made publicly accessible. To achieve this goal six wrecks whose positions were unreleased until 2017 in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire were examined during the summer of 2018. The primary method was the comparison of pre-existing video data with video data collected in 2018. This analysis showed major impacts over the course of one year on two of the six shipwrecks examined. These damages appear to be the result of anchor damage and divers. As a result of this research the author recommends that a management system be put in place for the shipwrecks on Lake Winnipesaukee.

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