Revisiting the Highbourne Cay Wreck : How modern methods can help re-interpret a shipwreck site
Author(s): Nicholas Budsberg
The Highbourne Cay wreck presents a unique opportunity for researchers to study the degradation of a previously investigated site. Originally discovered and salvaged in the 1960’s and dated to the early 16th century, researchers from Texas A&M University re-visited the site in the 1980’s as it appeared to be contemporaneous with a neighboring shipwreck. This partial excavation reported astonishing results as a large portion of the main mast step of the vessel was well preserved and intact. Due to time and budgetary restrictions, the site was re-covered with ballast and sediment in an effort to preserve it for future study. In October, a group revisited the Highbourne Cay wreck and performed a survey of the site using modern technological methods. As the first of three intended phases of survey and excavation, it provided a baseline for the future seasons as the site is studied and disturbed, and will continue to allow for comparable studies with the data that was recorded during the previous investigations.
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Revisiting the Highbourne Cay Wreck : How modern methods can help re-interpret a shipwreck site. Nicholas Budsberg. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437386)
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