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Lessons that Count: The La Belle Project, A Large-Scale Excavation in the Gulf of Mexico

Author(s): Jim Bruseth

Year: 2014

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In 1686, the French exploration vessel La Belle went down in Matagora Bay off the coast of what is now Texas. Three-hundred and ten years later, the small 45-ton vessel resurfaced from the bottom of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico under the trowels of underwater archaeologists working inside a coffer dam. Drawing from the experience of other previous large-scale excavations, Texas Historical Society’s La Belle project provided new innovations of its own. This paper will discuss various challenges and successes of the project as part of the session on large-scale underwater excavations.


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Lessons that Count: The La Belle Project, A Large-Scale Excavation in the Gulf of Mexico. Jim Bruseth. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436561)


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PaperId(s): SYM-2,06

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