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Archaeology of a nautical battle: the investigation of the Italian-French brig Mercurio

Author(s): Carlo Beltrame

Year: 2013

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The Mercurio was a brig of the Italian-French fleet that was sunk by an English brig in the north Adriatic Sea in 1812. Underwater investigation of the site has allowed the research team to document a part of the prow and the stern and to recover about 900 finds.

What are the goals of the investigation of a military ship from the beginning of the 19th century? Can it add new information to our knowledge of ship construction; of the equipment, crew, and everyday life aboard a military ship of this period? Can it provide information about the nautical battle that led to, and the dynamics of, its sinking? We will demonstrate that archaeological research can provide original insights on our knowledge of military ships in the Napoleonic era, and life aboard those ships, and that the quality of the data that the archaeologists can collect is indeed much higher than that provided by the historical data.

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Archaeology of a nautical battle: the investigation of the Italian-French brig Mercurio. Carlo Beltrame. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428479)


Adriatic Brig nautical battle

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ITALY Western Europe

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 6.624; min lat: 36.649 ; max long: 18.513; max lat: 47.095 ;

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PaperId(s): 138

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America