Discovered Repeatedly: A "Newcomers" Archeological Evaluation of Pacific Reef Wreck

Author(s): Madeline J. Roth

Year: 2017


Home to over one hundred submerged archeological sites, Biscayne National Park sits at the northern end of the Florida Reef. As part of the Park’s ongoing efforts to study, interpret, and stabilize submerged resources threatened by intensified storm activity and looting, National Park Service personnel excavated the remains of a mid-nineteenth century composite ship during the summer of 2016. Colloquially termed "Pacific Reef Wreck" by treasure hunter Marty Meylach, the site has been the target of both historic and modern salvage which has resulted in rapid deterioration of visible structure. This presentation addresses the findings of the 2016 field work, the significance of the site, and the importance of excavation as a management tool.

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Discovered Repeatedly: A "Newcomers" Archeological Evaluation of Pacific Reef Wreck. Madeline J. Roth. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435619)


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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 568