The Electric Shield: Stopping Thieves & Turning Hearts with New Technologies

Author(s): Donny Knowles

Year: 2018


The Bahamas has a long and storied history of strife and adventure on the high seas, likely longer and richer than anyone knows. Our history is being poached; stolen from the ocean floor and shipped off to auction overseas. These aren’t trophies; they are triumphs and graves, gone and forgotten. Entering nautical archaeology as an outsider has shown me what the average Bahamian can do to expel these thieves from the wealth of our waters, and take back what is ours so we can share it with our people and show them that we are more than a theater for American tourism. We are sailors, we are pirates, and we are not to be sold. To study the sea, we took to the skies. Using video, social media, and visually focused robots, we hope to demonstrate that those who hunt for gold and profit are the enemies of history. 

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The Electric Shield: Stopping Thieves & Turning Hearts with New Technologies. Donny Knowles. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441265)


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