Iberian Seafaring Studies : Bridging the Gap

Part of: Society for Historical Archaeology 2014

The ongoing evolution of maritime archaeology continues to enrich the study of Iberian seafaring. Portuguese and Spanish historical investigation has been brought forth by 21st-century technology and research. Field archaeology continues to present new sites of Iberian Seafaring, and the accessibility of information we enjoy today gives researchers the ability to truly go beyond single-site studies and build upon past and present knowledge. In this information technology age, bridging the gaps between local heritages and combining them into wider views, as seen in the study of Iberian seafaring, is one of the signs of a maturing discipline. This session presents how today’s researchers in the "global village" address this new environment and address questions that count in Iberian Seafaring Studies.

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  • Cannon to Crossbows: An Archaeological Glimpse at 16th-century Spanish Naval Weapons (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Mercedes Harrold.

    On June 11, 1559, Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano left the port of San Juan de Ula, Veracruz, Mexico. King Philip II entrusted Luna with the task of building the first royally funded colonies in La Florida. This paper compares the archaeological and historical evidence for weapons on Luna’s fleet and from other 16th-century shipwrecks; the Molasses Reef wreck, which archaeologists believe was on an exploratory mission, and the Padre Island Fleet, which was on a shipping venture. I hope to...

  • The Construction of Two Late 17th Century Iberian Frigates: Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Apostol and Santo Antonio de Tanná (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kad Henderson. Tiago Miguel Fraga.

    The wrecks Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Apostol and the Santo Antonio de Tanná are the remains of two late 17th century Iberian warships. Both ships were constructed in colonial shipyards and were both lost in harbors of their nation’s colonies. These two ships were built to defend the colonial interests of Spain and Portugal respectively. The ships are of nearly identical size, carried the same number of cannon, and are both constructed of tropical hardwoods in the Iberian-Atlantic...

  • Morphological and Geochemical Analysis of Columbus-era Wrought Iron Artifacts of Caballo Blanco Reef, Dominican Republic (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Matthew Maus. Charles Beeker.

    Caballo Blanco Reef, located offshore of Isla Saona on the south coast of the Dominican Republic, exhibits a dense assemblage of submerged cultural resources spanning the breadth of European presence in the Americas. Most significant are two concentrations of jettisoned wrought-iron artillery and associated anchors that together are identified as a Columbus-era grounding site. Analysis of the anchor morphology provides insight into the characteristics diagnostic of the time period. Furthermore,...

  • The Social Identity of the Crew Aboard an 18th Century Spanish Frigate (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Morgan Wampler.

    Qualitative and quantitative data comparison of the personal possession and ceramic assemblages of the shipwreck Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Ap’stol (Rosario) to the shipwreck El Nuevo Constante and Presidio Santa María de Galve provides information regarding the social identities of the sailors on the Rosario. Historical document research and comparative analysis of personal possessions from the Rosario demonstrate the performance of identities such as gender, ethnicity, occupation,...

  • Underwater cultural heritage survey in Lagos Bay, Portugal (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Tiago Miguel Fraga.

    The Projecto de Carta Arqueológica Subaquática do Concelho de Lagos (PCASCL) aimed to locate, identify and protect existing underwater cultural heritage within the district’s coastal area. This project was based on a five-phase methodology whichincluded archival research, assessment, survey and conservation. PCASCL resulted in the discovery of five shipwrecks and several artefacts which were added to the Portuguese archaeological record. This also led to the development of a secondaryproject...

  • Underwater Cultural Heritage Survey in the Parishes of Cascais and Oeiras, Portugal (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jorge Freire.

    Underwater archaeological heritage survey programs arise as a management tool of the coast,based upon evidence of Maritime Culture. Both as a Geographic Information resource and a tool of knowledge, its ability to define strategies and priorities in establishing a policy of sustained development and enjoyment of underwater cultural heritageis basedprimarily upon research. The model followed for the Underwater Cultural Heritage Management of the municipalities of Cascais and Oeiras, is this...