In 1990 Seahawk Deep Ocean Technology of Tampa, Florida, commenced the worldas first robotic archaeological excavation of a deep-sea shipwreck south of the Tortugas Islands in the Straits of Florida. At a depth of 405 meters, 16, 903 artefacts were recovered using a Remotely-Operated Vehicle. The wreck is interpreted as the Buen JesAos y Nuestra SeApora del Rosario, a small Portuguese-built and Spanish-operated merchant vessel from the 1622 Tierra Firme fleet returning to Seville from Venezuelaas Pearl Coast when lost in a hurricane. Oceans Odyssey 3 introduces the shipwreck and its artefact collection a today owned and curated by Odyssey Marine Exploration a ranging from gold bars to silver coins, pearls, ceramics, beads, glass wares, astrolabes, tortoiseshell, animal bones and seeds. The Tortugas shipwreck reflects the daily life of trade with the Americas at the end of the Golden Age of Spain and presents the capabilities of deep-sea robotics as tools for precision archaeological excavation.The project would cost 224, 689 ducatsfor construction and 271, 114 ducats a year for maintenance, but when the coinage ... yearly levies in excess of 1, 000 ducats from tobacco sales were in jeopardy (Baud, 1991: 32; Goodman, 2005: 133).
|Title||:||Oceans Odyssey 3. The Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck, Straits of Florida|
|Author||:||Sean A. Kingsley, Greg Stemm|
|Publisher||:||Oxbow Books - 2013-04-30|