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HMS Erebus Artifacts: In-Context finds and Future Potential

Author(s): Charles Dagneau

Year: 2016

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The discovery of Sir John Franklin's lost ship HMS Erebus by Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team and its partners in September 2014 promises long-waited answers to the great mystery of the Franklin expedition. The initial archaeological studies of the site in 2014-2015 clearly demonstrate a great potential for in-context, intact artifact group discoveries. This paper describes the artifacts raised so far and some others yet to be mapped and raised, in an effort to demonstrate the enormous archaeological potential of the site. These include artifacts such as the latest Arctic-adapted equipment, elements of Royal Navy uniforms, shipboard equipment and personal belongings. This paper will discuss the meaning of the finds to date, both as part of the 1845 Franklin expedition and in the wider context of mid-nineteenth century Arctic exploration by the British Royal Navy.

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HMS Erebus Artifacts: In-Context finds and Future Potential. Charles Dagneau. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435046)


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

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PaperId(s): 754

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