Finding HMS Erebus: The Role of Terrestrial Archaeological Investigations

Author(s): Douglas R. Stenton; Robert W. Park

Year: 2016


In 2008, the Government of Nunavut, in collaboration with Parks Canada and other partners, initiated a coordinated and systematic marine – terrestrial strategy in the search for John Franklin’s lost ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. This approach yielded new information about key Franklin expedition sites on King William Island and on Adelaide Peninsula, and in September 2014, led to the discovery of HMS Erebus. This paper summarizes the history of land-based archaeological studies of the 1845 Franklin expedition, provides an overview of the results of Nunavut’s investigations to date, and discusses the key findings on land that revealed the location of HMS Erebus.

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Finding HMS Erebus: The Role of Terrestrial Archaeological Investigations. Douglas R. Stenton, Robert W. Park. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435044)


Temporal Keywords
Mid-19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 565