Friday, June 25, 2010

Maritime Archaeology at UWF

Discussion of current research in Maritime Archaelogy highlighting exacavation of various 16th century Spanish shipwrecks in Pensacola Bay.

Maritime archaeology has two important advantages over land archaeology. First the remains of ships and cargoes, even organic materials, are sometimes better preserved under water or in bottom sediments. The second advantage lies in the fact that until recently, shipwrecks were usually beyond the reach of human intervention or salvage, thereby creating perfect time capsules.

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