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Keywords:

  • shipwreck;
  • Lake Huron;
  • Great Lakes;
  • site formation;
  • scattered wreck

This paper explores the application of archaeological site formation theory to stranded wooden vessels and the scattered wreck-sites they produce. Shallow water wrecks and wreckage sites in the Au Sable Shores region of western Lake Huron are used to develop a preliminary classification of the processes operating on the breakup and deposition of wooden vessels.