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Archaeological Microsampling by Means of Sediment Coring at Submerged Sites


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This paper discusses a microsampling technique using a low-technology, diver-assisted percussion coring device that was developed for minimally invasive testing of underwater archaeological sites in turbulent environments, specifically in West Africa. The simple and cost-effective technique is useful across a range of scales including shipwreck sites and larger regions, providing insights into the micro- and macro aspects of submerged sites, including site formation processes. A brief case study of its use on a historical shipwreck site is presented that highlights its efficacy as a data-collection technique used independently or in tandem with more traditional investigative methods such as excavation.