An Analysis of Barrel Components Excavated from the Emanuel Point II Shipwreck

Author(s): John R. Elmore

Year: 2020


This is an abstract from the session entitled "Plus Ultra: An examination of current research in Spanish Colonial/Iberian Underwater and Terrestrial Archaeology in the Western Hemisphere." , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Wooden containers have been utilized for storing and shipping various goods for thousands of years. The study of these types of containers and their physical components allows archaeologists to understand various cultural phenomena related to storage, shipping, and economy. A detailed analysis of barrel components excavated from the Emanuel Point II shipwreck from the ill-fated Tristán de Luna venture of 1559 aims to explore these factors. The analysis includes the measuring of wooden barrel staves, heads, bungs, and hoops from the wreck, followed by an examination of what is known concerning Spanish wooden containers and their construction during the 16th century via both historical documentation and comparisons to similar archaeological studies. The study concludes with a look at conservation, and how the barrel components may be properly conserved for further analysis and study.

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An Analysis of Barrel Components Excavated from the Emanuel Point II Shipwreck. John R. Elmore. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457272)


Barrels Conservation Spanish

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

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): 294