Reconstructing La Belle's Casks

Author(s): Karen E. Martindale

Year: 2015


In 1686, the French ship of exploration La Belle sank in Matagorda Bay off the coast of what is now Texas. The ship was excavated in 1996-97 by the Texas Historical Commission, and the ship and its cargo are currently being conserved and prepared for display by Texas A&M Unversity's Conservation Research Laboratory. Amongst the cargo were wood casks containing various  trade goods and supplies. This poster presents the methodology developed by the CRL staff to create a simple, stable, and reversible support structure for the various sized casks found on La Belle.

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Reconstructing La Belle's Casks. Karen E. Martindale. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434120)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 102