A recent article on Scientific American discusses a method of shipwreck prospection published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. The method, developed by Baeye, Quinn, Deleu, and Fettweis, uses plumes of suspended particulate matter in turbid waters visible on color satellite imagery to identify submerged sites. Peter was asked to comment on the feasibility and practical uses of the new method.

“Now in a new study detailed in the February Journal of Archaeological Science, marine geologist Matthias Baeye at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and his colleagues suggest that satellite color photos of the oceans could help find submerged wrecks in shallow cloudy waters. ‘It is a clever and elegant solution for using satellites to find shipwrecks,’ says Peter Campbell, archaeological director of the Albanian Center for Marine Research who was not involved in this work.”

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