Tuesday, October 02, 2007


“The Early Days of Nautical Archaeology at Work in Three Locations:


October 02, 2007

Thursday, October 25th, 7 pm at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Gallery (upstairs in the Keeper’s House).

As part of First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project Lecture Series, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum announces a lecture by Dr. David Switzer, Professor Emeritus at Plymouth State University, titled:

“The Early Days of Nautical Archaeology at Work in Three Locations:
the Bay of Fundy, Cyprus; and Turkey”

The three sites in question represent three types of merchant vessels that were excavated in the 1960s and 1970s, an early stage in the development of nautical archaeology as a scientific discipline.

In the frigid waters of Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy (Canada) are 19th century sailing vessels and an early 20th century freighter.

Off the island of Kyrenia, Cyprus a 3rd century BC wreck was excavated, raised, reconstructed and a sailing replica built.

The waters off Yassi Ada, a fly-speck-sized island near the south west coast of Turkey, is the “home” to two Byzantine wrecks; the oldest dates to the 4th century AD.

The Kyrenia ship and the Yassi Ada vessel, though they sailed seven centuries apart, both carried dry cargo and wine in amphoras.

Off Grand Manan cargos that have resisted decomposition included railroad iron and scotch whiskey.

Each of these sites offered unique challenges to their excavators, and all yielded information important to our knowledge of ancient and more recent maritime history regarding trade and vessel construction methods.


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