Mission Accomplished: Preserving a Revolutionary War Shipwreck (VIDEO!)

2020-04-16T10:16:53-04:00April 16th, 2020|

#LoveYourLighthouse Your St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is closed to protect you and your lighthouse family from COVID-19. Your Gift of Love for our Maritime Heritage Makes A Difference. Donate today, or take advantage of deep discount opportunities by visiting www.staugustinelighthouse.org. Stay Safe and #LoveYourLighthouse https://youtu.be/XKPP-EgZVK0   Thank you for joining the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for Mission Accomplished: Preserving a Revolutionary War Shipwreck. This is the second of a four-part series showcasing the Museum [...]

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 [...]

Unique research, conservation and visitor lab space opens at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

2017-10-04T15:01:25-04:00October 4th, 2017|

Museum opens new Maritime Archaeology & Education Center as part of the progress of the Maritime Heritage Park ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – On Thursday, September 28th the Museum celebrated a project twenty years in the making with the opening of a new building that houses an education and exhibit space as well as conservation labs, research library, an x-ray room and offices. Over one hundred people including elected officials, the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Museum [...]

2016 Field School Conservation Work

2016-07-27T08:00:19-04:00July 27th, 2016|

Summer is winding down and the 2016 Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) field school has successfully concluded. This year we had 12 students from across the country come to the Lighthouse. They came to learn about underwater archaeology, enhance their diving skills and help excavate our new Anniversary Wreck site. They also were able to learn about the important work that goes on post-field school, such as public outreach and conservation. With such a large [...]

Continuing Conservation: The Beat Goes On!

2016-05-25T08:00:38-04:00May 25th, 2016|

In the previous blogs, I have discussed the varied and lengthy conservation techniques of Storm Wreck pieces. Typically, these methods start from the moment a site is discovered and an artifact is disturbed. Once the immediate environment and surroundings have changed, an artifact will start going through new corrosion changes. Students and/or LAMP divers have to treat objects very carefully underwater while they are dredging and carrying them up to the surface. Once on the [...]

Wrecked! Uncover the Secrets Behind Artifact Conservation

2020-01-14T11:50:40-05:00April 20th, 2016|

How do you restore an artifact that's been on the ocean floor for over 200 years? From the moment we began excavating the 1782 British loyalist shipwreck off St. Augustine's coast in 2010, our team of archaeological conservators faced the monumental task of cleaning up all of the recovered artifacts. Over the six field seasons spent diving on this wreck, now the subject of our new Wrecked! exhibition, more than 600 artifacts were recovered. Each one requires [...]

Conserving Lead Artifacts from Storm Wreck

2015-04-29T08:00:36-04:00April 29th, 2015|

Perhaps the easiest material to recognize while conserving is lead. It is easily distinguishable when excavated and handled due to its extreme density. Divers mostly know when they are picking up lead versus cast iron. None more so than the large deck pump recovered in 2011, which weighs nearly 300 pounds. Lead deck pump after excavation. Lead artifacts are also easy to pick out after excavation during the X-ray process. They show up [...]