Construction and Assembly of the Highbourne Cay Shipwreck

Author(s): Charles D Bendig

Year: 2018


Archaeologists rarely excavate complete sites, due to a mutual understanding that sections should be left for future generations and the advancement of archaeological techniques. The dynamic and high current environment surrounding the Highbourne Cay shipwreck threatened to undermine the formerly protective ballast mound. Over the course of the previous summer, an international team of nautical archaeologists proceeded to remove ballast, coral, and sand to record surviving hull remains. This presentation is the preliminary analysis of the articulated hull assembly and discusses the plan for disassembly during subsequent field seasons. Surviving evidence suggests the ship was an Iberian vessel built within the Oceanic Tradition that developed along the European-Atlantic coastline during the first half of the 16th century.

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Construction and Assembly of the Highbourne Cay Shipwreck. Charles D Bendig. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441255)


Temporal Keywords
16th Century

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): 403