Submerged Cave Archaeology: Methods, Theory,and Recent Findings (Call for Papers)

We are planning sessions at SHA and SAA conferences for underwater caves. We already have several excellent papers lined up that are a good mix of North American and Mesoamerican, with several potential papers from our European counterparts. We would like more, so interested individuals should send a short abstract to by June 5 for the SHA conference or September 15 for the SAA conference.

SHA January 2012 Baltimore, MD
SAA April 2012 Memphis, TN

Conference Session
Submerged Cave Archaeology: Methods, Theory, and Recent Findings

Submerged caves present different challenges and opportunities than traditional underwater sites. Springs, flooded caverns, sinkholes, cave lakes, sumps, and siphons are significant not only as features in ancient landscapes, but also sheltered environments that protect cultural material from nature’s dynamic forces. A relatively small number of submerged cave sites have been published; however, interest is on the rise as archaeologists realize the potential of these sites. Publications show that approaches differ widely based on the background and training of the archaeologist. This session acts as a discussion for this developing subdiscipline while examining methodological approaches, theoretical frameworks for interpreting cave sites, and recent findings.


Peter B. Campbell MA, RPA
Underwater Archaeologist
CAIRN Underwater Unit