Artifacts from Luna’s Settlement and Shipwrecks

Author(s): John R. Bratten; Janet R. Lloyd

Year: 2017



Thousands of artifacts have been recovered from the two shipwrecks associated with Tristán de Luna y Arellano’s 1559 settlement attempt and recently hundreds of artifacts have now been recovered from the associated land site. Even at this early stage in the terrestrial work, we have the unique opportunity to make many interesting comparisons between the two assemblages regarding the relative proportions of different functional categories and the presence/absence of fasteners, armor, and weapons. Hypotheses concerning the fleet’s offloading and salvage are also being developed. Together, both sets of data represent a more complete picture of the material culture and activities at the earliest multiyear colony in North America.

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Artifacts from Luna’s Settlement and Shipwrecks. John R. Bratten, Janet R. Lloyd. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435662)


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Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 396