An Investigation of the Microbial Community Associated with the USS Arizona


This is a paper/report submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Understanding the microbial community associated with sunken metal ships helps provide insight into the role of bacteria in this environment. Our study of the USS Arizona bacterial community provides an insight into the importance of microbes in the deterioration of sunken ships. We evaluated this community in sediment samples collected from both interior and exterior sites and analyzed the bacterial composition by comparing the major groups found in the sediment samples. The use of a remotely operated vehicle gave us a unique opportunity to investigate this community. This presentation will present the results of this effort and discuss its importance in developing long-term strategies for protecting this historical archaeological site.

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An Investigation of the Microbial Community Associated with the USS Arizona. Jennifer Clifford, Archana Vasanthakumar, Dave Conlin, Ralph Mitchell. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457373)

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 585