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The Puzzle Of Pickles Reef - Update

Author(s): James A Smailes ; Steven Anthony ; Dennis Knepper ; David Shaw ; Thomas Berkey

Year: 2016

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The Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society (MAHS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of historic shipwrecks and other underwater cultural resources. Since 2010 MAHS has been assisting the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) with an assessment of cultural resources on Pickles Reef, a small coral reef located within the sanctuary just south of Molasses Reef. 

Our initial surveys suggested that the site was a barge that carried cement for Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway in the early 20th century.  However, ongoing research identified key features of a metal hulled sailing ship.  Using potentially diagnostic attributes documented on the site and archival research, MAHS is seeking to identify the vessel.  Additional project objectives include public education and outreach and volunteer support to assist FKNMS with its cultural resource management plan.

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The Puzzle Of Pickles Reef - Update. James A Smailes, Steven Anthony, Dennis Knepper, David Shaw, Thomas Berkey. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434795)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 869

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