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Archaeological Findings From The 2013 Survey of the Soviet Tanker Ashkhabad

Author(s): Joe Hoyt

Year: 2014

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Between May 25 and June 1, 2013, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary collaborated with the Battle of the Atlantic Research and Expedition Group to survey the wreck of the Ashkhabad, a Soviet tanker sunk in 1942 by the German submarine U-402. Over this 8-day period, 17 divers spent over 270 man-hours underwater, mapping the roughly 400-foot-by-150-foot debris field, all that currently remains of the vessel. This paper will outline the methodology undertaken by the group, the challenges encountered in conducting the survey, and the key archaeological findings from the project. Finally, one of the more significant products resulting from the survey - a map of the Ashkhabad archaeological site ‘ will be examined and discussed from the overall context of the sport diving and maritime archaeological perspectives and the Battle of the Atlantic maritime campaigns.

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Archaeological Findings From The 2013 Survey of the Soviet Tanker Ashkhabad. Joe Hoyt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436765)

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