Life Among the Wind and Waves: Examining Living Conditions on Sailing Vessels Through the Use of Microscopic Remains

Author(s): Jacob D Shidner

Year: 2016

Summary

In the summer of 2015, sediment samples were collected from the Storm Wreck, a colonial-era sailing vessel that wrecked off the coast of Florida, with the expectation of recovering microscopic remains that would provide insight into the lives of those aboard the vessel.  Sediment samples collected from the Emanuel Point wrecks, also located on the Florida coast, were previously analyzed. This material, which consisted of insect remains, animal bones, and botanical remains painted a picture of what living conditions would have been like aboard sailing vessels. It is hoped that comparable remains will be found in the Storm Wreck sediments, leading to a similar understanding of the living conditions aboard. A comparison between the sites would lead to an understanding of the similarities and differences of living conditions in vessels of various nationalities, purposes, and time periods, as well as the site formation processes that affect material preservation and recovery.

Cite this Record

Life Among the Wind and Waves: Examining Living Conditions on Sailing Vessels Through the Use of Microscopic Remains. Jacob D Shidner. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434998)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 880