Oceans Odyssey 3. The Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck, Straits by Sean A. Kingsley, Greg Stemm

By Sean A. Kingsley, Greg Stemm

In 1990 Seahawk Deep Ocean know-how of Tampa, Florida, began the world’s first robot archaeological excavation of a deep-sea shipwreck south of the Tortugas Islands within the Straits of Florida. At a intensity of 405 meters, 16,903 artefacts have been recovered utilizing a Remotely-Operated automobile. The spoil is interpreted because the Buen Jesús y Nuestra Señora del Rosario, a small Portuguese-built and Spanish-operated service provider vessel from the 1622 Tierra Firme fleet returning to Seville from Venezuela’s Pearl Coast whilst misplaced in a typhoon. Oceans Odyssey three introduces the shipwreck and its artefact assortment – this day owned and curated by way of Odyssey Marine Exploration – starting from gold bars to silver cash, pearls, ceramics, beads, glass wares, astrolabes, tortoiseshell, animal bones and seeds. The Tortugas shipwreck displays the way of life of exchange with the Americas on the finish of the Golden Age of Spain and offers the services of deep-sea robotics as instruments for precision archaeological excavation.

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In F. Vieira de Castro and K. ), Edge of Empire (Casal de Cambra, Portugal, 2008), 7-22. , ‘Archaeologists, Treasure Hunters, & the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: a Personal Viewpoint’. In G. Stemm and S. ), Ocean Odyssey 2. Underwater Heritage Management & Deep-Sea Shipwrecks in the English Channel & Atlantic Ocean (Oxford, 2011), 7-9. , A Faunal Analysis of the 17th Century Galleon Nuestra Señora De Atocha (MA Thesis, the University of Arizona, 1990).

Archives are frequently split prior to interpretation and publication; ownership of material assemblages often remains in private hands. There is little common or accepted knowledge about policy, Best Practice or maritime archival standards. There is simply no coherent long-term strategy. ” Although a phase of house-cleaning of underwater archaeology archives is essential for many countries prior to their ability to roll out publications, any initiative would be purely hypothetical without funds being sourced for writing, production, printing or publication.

Chapter 6 examines the coins’ assayers and the value of silver coins c. 1622. One example dated to ‘1621’ serves as a crucial index of the wreck’s date. Stepping back from the wealth of data excavated from the Tortugas shipwreck, three trends dominate the characterization of this site. The first is the often neglected complexity of finding deep-sea wrecks, the second the Tortugas project’s key position in the history of marine exploration, and thirdly the vulnerable condition of much of the world’s underwater cultural heritage.

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