The Vasa: A Pioneer in Large-Scale Underwater Excavations

Author(s): Fred Hocker

Year: 2014


The recovery of the Swedish warship Vasa in 1961 from the waters of Stockholm harbour where it sank in 1628 on its maiden voyage represents one of the first large-scale excavations and stands as a pioneer in shipwreck recovery showing substantial remains. The remarkable state of preservation of the vessel and of its contents represented an enormous challenge and the techniques and methods for recovery, conservation, interpretation and research have paved the way for other large scale projects to follow. This paper will discuss thelessons learned from this project as part of a larger discussion inthe session on large-scale excavations

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The Vasa: A Pioneer in Large-Scale Underwater Excavations. Fred Hocker. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436556)

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PaperId(s): SYM-2,01