IMH is initiating two big reconnaissance projects for the next two years. Dates are tentative.
IMH's boat Roper assisted the St.Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in a month-long field school, which was climaxed on 28 June by successfully raising two guns off a late 18th or early 19th century wreck. News article and video at http://m.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2011-06-28/story/shipwreck-yields-c...
On Saturday, 12 March, the Maryland Historical Trust will hold its annual workshop at 100 Community Place, Crownsville MD 21032. IMH will participate and present. The program is attached.
A week later, 19 March, the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference will be held at Ocean City MD. See http://www.maacmidatlanticarchaeology.org/2011conference.htm We will present there too!
Field work will start on 21 February, and we have added some items to the list. The updated schedule is attached. Dust off and tune up your dive gear, folks -- this will be a very busy year.
We are contemplating a massive reconnaissance project to run from18 August to 10 November 2011, to investigate a long list of targets (372 at current count) in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays and off Cape Henlopen. A draft project plan is attached as a .pdf file.
The idea is to start when Roper returns from her summer soujourn at St. Augustine, and to finish in time to pull the U-1105 buoy on 12-13 November for the winter. "We are ready now ... as soon as we refuel."
The new-to-us skiff is operational and legal. She will work in shallow waters and decent weather, and can handle four divers with gear -- maybe six at most. 26 feet, 20+ knots, 1970 Pacemaker "Alglas" hull, 1996 Chevy 350 engine (straight inboard), center console, extra fuel tanks, all USCG-required gear, VHF, WAAS DGPS, &c.
She needs a name. Suggestions?
IMH and our Mount Vernon project were featured today on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU (88.5 FM). For a transcript go to http://thekojonnamdishow.org/ for 10/25/10, and click on Listen under Underwater Archaeology.
Our new mailing address is
PO Box 108, Tall Timbers MD 20690
The oil spill in the Gulf will certainly impact historic sites. Roper is at St.Sugustine now for LAMP's field school. She might go to the Gulf afterwards, if there is some way IMH can help assess sites and protect them from the spill.
Anyone interested in helping in this emergency by field work, funding, research, outreach, or otherwise, please contact IMH through the website or email me directly at email@example.com. Thanks!
A revised preliminary report is attached for the Mount Vernon project, 24 April - 1 May 2010. The formal, detailed report will follow in due course.