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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Diving into History

Archaeology magazine July/August 2009 lists 10 underwater
archaeological sites worth the visit. Clicking on the text at the
citation will yield a short article about each site.

Diving into History
Volume 62 Number 4, July/August 2009

The Latest Underwater Discoveries

In recent years, for-profit underwater salvors have captured the
public imagination, garnering breathless headlines announcing their
recovery of "treasure" ships. But there's much more to the world of
nautical exploration than the giddy promise of gold coins. Every field
season, underwater archaeologists make extraordinary discoveries that
expand our vision of humanity's past.

On the following pages, we highlight just a few of these ongoing
underwater archaeology projects, from the recovery of a sixth-century
B.C. Phoenician shipwreck, where excavators found a cargo that
included elephant tusks and amber, to work on a 19th-century vessel in
Oklahoma's Red River that has given archaeologists their first look at
early steamship design.

In deciding which projects to feature, we canvassed several underwater
archaeologists, and relied, in particular, on James Delgado, president
of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and a valued member of our
editorial advisory board. For every story we selected, Delgado told us
about 10 other equally fascinating underwater excavations. To delve
even more deeply into the word of underwater history check out the
University of Rhode Island's online Museum of Underwater Archaeology
and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology's website.


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