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19th Century Workhorses: The Examination of a Centerboard Schooner off Dog Island, Florida.

Author(s): Christopher Horrell

Year: 2016

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Between 2001 and 2003, the Dog and St. George Islands Shipwreck Survey, a research project conducted by the Florida State University Program in Underwater Archaeology, investigated a mid-to-late 19th century wooden-hulled centerboard schooner.  This site, while integral to instructing students on the various methodologies and techniques utilized to conduct archaeological investigations underwater, provides a glimpse into the Gulf of Mexico’s maritime history and culture.  To date, the shipwreck remains unidentified, yet the information obtained by studying the vessel’s construction, associated material culture, and site formation processes suggests that there is much to learn about these workhorses of the Gulf.  Their presence alone as symbols of the various types of labor and industry that existed in the 19th century Gulf of Mexico can further inform our understanding of this period, shedding light on variation within the archaeological assemblage and human behavior. 

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19th Century Workhorses: The Examination of a Centerboard Schooner off Dog Island, Florida.. Christopher Horrell. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435055)


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

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PaperId(s): 440

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