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World War II Shipping in the Gulf of Mexico and the Impact of the German U-boat Threat: the Archaeological Evidence

Author(s): Matthew E Keith ; Amanda M Evans ; Eric Swanson

Year: 2016

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Summary

An estimated 56 commercial vessels were sunk by German U-boats in the Gulf of Mexico during targeted campaigns conducted between 1941 and 1943.  In the years since, an estimated 14 of these wrecks have been located and identified with a high degree of confidence.   A number of these sites have undergone varying levels of archaeological analysis, although very few have been scientifically excavated, resulting in little related material culture.  This paper will review the archaeological evidence offered by World War II-era casualties in the Gulf of Mexico, and explore valuable information provided by the archaeological record regarding efforts made to evade and counter the German threat.  


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World War II Shipping in the Gulf of Mexico and the Impact of the German U-boat Threat: the Archaeological Evidence. Matthew E Keith, Amanda M Evans, Eric Swanson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435052)


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Temporal Keywords
World War II


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 274

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