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The Conservation of the Monterrey A Artifacts

Author(s): Christopher Dostal ; Amy Borgens

Year: 2015

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In the Gulf of Mexico in July of 2013, the research vessel E/V Nautilus sent the remotely operated vehicle Hercules down to a depth of over 1330m to survey and recover artifacts from an early 19th-century shipwreck known as the Monterrey A that had been surveyed the year before. They recovered more than 60 artifacts, all of which are currently being conserved and studied at the Texas A&M Conservation Research Laboratory. This paper presents a survey of the techniques currently being used to conserve and analyze the assemblage, as well as an assessment of the efficacy of these techniques. 3D modelling has been implemented as part of the documentation process using both laser scanning and photo-modeling. Elemental analysis by means of x-ray fluorescence has given insight into not only the composition of the artifacts, but in some cases has even helped in dating the wreck by identifying artifact manufacture techniques. 

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The Conservation of the Monterrey A Artifacts. Christopher Dostal, Amy Borgens. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434208)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 254

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