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Archaeology

NEW Keeper Tours & Nation’s Oldest Port® Demos at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum!

2019-03-28T15:46:12-04:00March 28th, 2019|

Guests to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum can now learn even more about the maritime history of our area. New Nation’s Oldest Port® Demos reveal stories about daily life of a St. Augustine Lighthouse Keeper, how sailors navigated the seas before GPS, and how our Lighthouse Archaeologists discover artifacts underwater on shipwrecks – along with other maritime topics during these interactive and fun experiences. St. Augustine Lighthouse Keeper Jason Smith stands on the [...]

Historical Background: St. Augustine, the American Revolution, and the Loyalist Influx

2019-02-06T10:28:10-05:00February 6th, 2019|

“After the surrender of Charleston in 1782, within two days no less than 16 vessels, bearing refugiés and their effects, went to pieces here and many persons lost their lives.”  - Johann David Schoepf, 1788 While the identity and exact date of the Storm Wreck remains unknown, the evidence uncovered to date suggests that this vessel was shipwrecked at the mouth of the St. Augustine Inlet in the late 18th century, possibly in the years [...]

Storm Wreck Videos

2019-02-05T14:30:39-05:00February 5th, 2019|

https://youtu.be/0sTRPP2dSnc?list=UUBFwQkHo08ZTXEqbW-RE6MQ A brief introduction to the history and excavation of the Storm Wreck. This video includes underwater footage from August 2013, when we have had the best visibility on the shipwreck since its discovery in 2009. https://youtu.be/DWX6zvpzkIM The formal unveiling of the Storm Wreck cannons at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, narrated by LAMP Director Chuck Meide, 18 November 2011 https://youtu.be/NVMSZ_n5rNg Cleaning the iron cannons from the Storm Wreck, narrated by LAMP Archaeological Conservator [...]

Davit and Goliath; Landing a Big Fish on Light Tackle the Archaeological Way

2019-02-05T13:06:53-05:00February 5th, 2019|

By Brendan Burke, 2012 This paper documents the raising of two cannons from the Storm Wreck, 8SJ5459, during the 2011 LAMP field season and the logistics involved in this process. Apparatus and recovery methods were designed to provide an in-house lifting capability, allowing the archaeological team more flexibility in recovery technique, timing of the operation, and tools used. Equipment was limited to commonly-available components in order to minimize cost and increase flexibility in the use of [...]

What ‘shoe’ don’t know about archaeological shoe fragments 

2018-08-07T14:59:11-04:00August 7th, 2018|

These shoe buckles are on view in the Conservation Lab at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. By Elise Carroll Assistant Archaeological Conservator Many significant pieces of history are often over looked because of the regularity of the items occurring. Bright, shiny, seemingly significant objects, such as cannon and coins take center stage, while mundane utilitarian items are often overlooked because of their everyday use. Unsurprisingly, many of the archaeological sites we [...]

LAMP Field School: Student Perspective

2023-04-24T16:11:38-04:00July 27th, 2018|

The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) field school has successfully concluded. We had students from across the country come to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum  to learn about underwater archaeology, enhance their diving skills and help excavate our the Anniversary Wreck site and at several other shipwreck locations. By Mily Llanos and Amy Green The first week at LAMP was probably one of the most nerve wracking things that any of the students [...]

2018 LAMP Field School: A Supervisor’s Tale

2018-07-27T14:34:41-04:00July 27th, 2018|

The 2018 Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) field school has successfully concluded. This year we had students from across the country come to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum  to learn about underwater archaeology, enhance their diving skills and help excavate our the Anniversary Wreck site and at several other shipwreck locations. Written by Megan Bebee and Silvana Kreines As supervisors, we have conquered the challenges the students will face during the season. Most [...]

Updates from the Lab

2018-05-01T13:15:43-04:00May 1st, 2018|

While our beautiful new Maritime Archaeology and Education Center (MAEC) was being built, conservation was disassembled and all artifacts were put into a state of monitored wet storage. Taking those items out of storage and getting conservation back on track has been a slow and detailed process. This process requires an inventory and condition analysis of all items, as well as setting up each area of conservation in order for treatments to begin. Though we [...]

Archaeologists + Dating = Success Through Collaboration

2018-02-21T14:48:12-05:00February 21st, 2018|

The past three months have been very busy for our Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) archaeologists. They have been analyzing artifacts discovered on the Museum property during last summer's construction of the new Maritime Archaeology & Education Center, as well as sites through St. Johns and Flagler Counties uncovered during the storms. Our analysis started by contacting Dr. Lee Newsom, a Professor of Anthropology at Flagler College. Dr. Newsom is an expert in examining preserved plant remains from [...]

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