Using sector-scan sonar for the survey and management of submerged archaeological sites

Henderson, Jon and Abbott, Brian (2017) Using sector-scan sonar for the survey and management of submerged archaeological sites. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 46 (2). pp. 330-345. ISSN 1095-9270

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This paper reports the results of using a sector scan sonar to record a range of submerged archaeological sites in both shallow and deep water locations. The Kongsberg MS 1000 sector scan sonar was developed for the commercial sector typically to carry out underwater inspections and surveys of bridges, dams, ports and harbours. However, as will be demonstrated below, the ability of the device to rapidly generate high quality, geometrically accurate scans of submerged features, coupled with its relative ease of use and deployment, make it a potentially important new tool for the survey and effective management of underwater archaeological sites.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Henderson, J. C. and Abbott, B. (2017), Using Sector-Scan Sonar for the Survey and Management of Submerged Archaeological Sites. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 46: 330–345. doi:10.1111/1095-9270.12240 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: sector-scan sonar; underwater heritage; archaeological survey
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Archaeology
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Depositing User: Henderson, Jon
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 07:25
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:02

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