Founded in 1973, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology is in its 37th year of operation in 2010, and we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first scientific archaeological excavation of a shipwreck under water at Cape Gelidonya. When journalist/adventurer Peter Throckmorton arrived in Bodrum in the spring of 1958 to write about Turkish sponge divers, he learned of many ancient wrecks as he gained the divers’ confidence. Throckmorton visited many of them, diving on what he later said were up to a hundred wrecks. He also visited an underwater excavation off Albenga, Italy, where six divers worked on a Roman wreck, supervised by archaeologists who remained on the deck and did not dive. Important discoveries were being made elsewhere in the Mediterranean, and in the U.S., and pioneering explorers interested in archaeological discovery were diving, but no one had completely excavated a shipwreck under water. Read the rest of this entry ?
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In 2010, less than one year from now, George F. Bass and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology will go back to Cape Gelidonya and take a new look at the Late Bronze Age site that 50 years ago was the first shipwreck to be excavated in its entirety on the seabed, by a diving archaeologist, and using the common standards of land archaeology. The careful excavation, conservation, study, and publication of its artifact collection led archaeologists to believe that this late 13th-Century BCE ship was originally Near Eastern, probably Syrian or Canaanite, and pushed the beginning of the Phoenician seafaring tradition several centuries back. Such can be the importance of a shipwreck excavation.
Texas A&M PhD student Ben Ford reports in his latest journal entry that last summers work on Lake Ontario identified 21 sites, the vast majority of which were not previously recorded. These sites ranged from the Middle Archaic Period (at least 5000 years ago) to the late 19th century. Ben is now gearing up for the upcoming season. Check out his latest entry here: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/project_journals/bf/bf_2-26.shtml
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