Search for the Clotilda, Mobile River Shipwreck Survey, 2018 Fieldwork Recap

Author(s): Joseph J Grinnan

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Archaeologies of Enslavement" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

In 2018, a team of archaeologists from the Slave Wrecks Project (SWP), National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Archaeological Center (SEAC), NPS Submerged Resources Center (SRC), George Washington University, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture (SINMAAHC), National Geographic Society, and SEARCH conducted a marine remote-sensing survey and diver investigations within the east channel of the Mobile River at Twelve Mile Island.  The remote-sensing survey utilized a magnetometer, side-scan sonar, and sub-bottom profiler to access the presence or absence of submerged cultural resources.  Data analysis combined recently-collected data with data collected in May 2018 by the University of Southern Mississippi.  Remote-sensing anomalies were prioritized based on the anomalies’ resemblance to previously identified shipwrecks.  Diver investigations were conducted on anomalies that were most similar to the expectations for a mid nineteenth-century cargo schooner.  This paper is a summary of the results from the 2018 field expedition.

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Search for the Clotilda, Mobile River Shipwreck Survey, 2018 Fieldwork Recap. Joseph J Grinnan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449131)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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