War on the Chesapeake: Artifact Analysis of a War of 1812 Flotilla Ship

Author(s): Nicholas J. Nelson-DeLong

Year: 2016


This paper examines and evaluates the material culture recovered from the suspected USS Scorpion, a War of 1812 flotilla ship that served in the Chesapeake Bay.The shipwreck is designated site 18PR226 and has previously been believed to be that of Jashua Barney's flag ship for the Chesapeake Flotilla. This paper uses a preposed model for material culture study developed from archaeologists E. M. Fleming's model for studying artifacts in an attempt to discover the function of the vessel. This paper discusses the artifacts recovered from the shipwreck and how the model was used to determine the original function and role of the vessel within the Chesapeake Flotilla. The results of the study will be the main focuss of the presentation, which will provide an overview of possible functions the vessel may have served as and which type is the most likely candidate.   

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War on the Chesapeake: Artifact Analysis of a War of 1812 Flotilla Ship. Nicholas J. Nelson-DeLong. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434296)


Temporal Keywords
War of 1812

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 27