Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Latest Underwater Discoveries

Archaeology Magazine

This is a global look at underwater archaeology but it includes a page entitled "Min of the Desert" (Red Sea, Egypt) re a reconstruction of a ship from the time of Hapshepsut.

In recent years, for-profit underwater salvors have captured the public imagination, garnering breathless headlines announcing their recovery of "treasure" ships. But there's much more to the world of nautical exploration than the giddy promise of gold coins. Every field season, underwater archaeologists make extraordinary discoveries that expand our vision of humanity's past.

On the following pages, we highlight just a few of these ongoing underwater archaeology projects, from the recovery of a sixth-century B.C. Phoenician shipwreck, where excavators found a cargo that included elephant tusks and amber, to work on a 19th-century vessel in Oklahoma's Red River that has given archaeologists their first look at early steamship design.

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