National Geographic Grantee and Texas State University Research Faculty Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann and a team of leading archaeologists are conducting an expedition to the Monterrey Shipwreck in order to carry out the deepest archaeological shipwreck excavation ever in North America. Follow along with Fritz’s updates from the field.
Now that I am back on land and getting adjusting to not having my “sea legs” anymore, I would like to wrap up this project blog by posting a photomosaic of Monterrey Shipwreck #1. This is just one of the results of archaeology and what we do with the data that we collect through investigating sites. This also emphasizes the real effort that we make to map a site prior to any disturbance. The Ocean Exploration Trust’s mapping specialists created this image by using almost 900 images taken by the ROV Hercules while mapping the site. In addition to the initial mapping results, the recovered artifacts have been dropped off at the Conservation Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University-College Station where they will undergo conservation treatment to prepare them for future exhibition. The various processes will take anywhere from six months to three years during which time the artifacts will be analyzed and studied in depth and that is why fieldwork is only the tip of the iceberg. In closing, I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to all of the project partners, sponsors, funders, and especially those who tuned in to watch all of this live, we hope to return to the site in the future and bring everyone along with us, albeit virtually.
Funding provided by foundations and individual donors through the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and the Office of Advancement at Texas State University, the Way Family Foundation, and the Harte Family Foundation.