The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is proud to announce the completion of the Manual of Best Practices for the Employment of Mechanical Scanning Sonar in the Documentation of Submerged Cultural Resources. This manual was prepared for NCPTT by Christopher Sabick of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

This manual is “designed to instruct the public and cultural resource managers in the most effective use of the emerging technology of mechanical scanning sonar in the study, management, and preservation of submerged archaeological remains.” This emerging technology has several useful applications that help with documenting and understanding submerged cultural resources. Additionally it provides several benefits including its performance in low visibility environments. For more information about this technology and to read the report, click on the cover below.



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