Metal Detecting on the Baja California Galleon Wreck

Author(s): Peter Von der Porten

Year: 2017


This paper discusses the use of metal detectors in the investigation of a late sixteenth-century Manila galleon shipwreck in Baja California, Mexico. The use of metal detectors has successfully identified artifacts and structural remains from the ship, and has aided in the delineation of the boundaries of the terrestrial portion of the wreck site. This paper discusses the types of metal targets expected on the wreck, metal detecting methodologies developed over many field seasons, examples of diagnostic finds, and how the metal artifacts can help the overall interpretation of the wreck.

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Metal Detecting on the Baja California Galleon Wreck. Peter Von der Porten. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435319)

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

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