2008 Expedition Log
History is an elusive thing. It happens every day, all around us. But who makes the history.
After three action-packed weeks the 2008 Expedition is finally over. We’ve said our farewells and gone back to our “day jobs.” All the archaeologists have flown back to their headquarters
The “Money Shot” is a term thrown around very casually by people in the photography business, but what exactly does it mean?
I wanted to see if there was a place on the reef where the Black Rock Wreck may have struck and crossed, so Jack and I set out to see if we could find it.
It was a day that started like any other. Out on a wreck site, looking for cannons, which I did find! Capt. J.F. was taking us home to the TC Explorer II after a hard day in the field when he happened to notice a large black form almost directly under our dingy.
For the past couple of days Jason and I have been excavating in an area at the north end of the site in an effort to locate the end of the broken keel at the Black Rock Wreck. That will give us a better idea of the total length of the ship and be another clue to its identity.
At first glance, the physical remains of a shipwreck lying on the seafloor can appear as little more than a haphazard pile of hull timbers, scattered artifacts, intrusive debris and overburden. However, when these items are carefully analyzed, recorded and plotted, they reveal a wealth of information.
I’m sitting on the fly bridge of the TC Explorer II, writing notes for the Trouvadore documentary. The ship swings at anchor just outside a reef off East Caicos. Last night I slept like a baby in a gently rocking cradle. From my vantage point, the blue-green water inside the reef is serenely beautiful, but I know its smooth surface belies the sometimes treacherous currents that lie beneath.
Most wrecks, except those in extremely rocky areas or areas with a lot of wave action, have been covered by sediment of some sort. Before any of the real archeology can begin, this overburden must be removed.
A well-respected underwater archaeologist named Charlie Pearson once said “The analysis of remote sensing data is an imperfect process at best…it relies on sound judgment, an understanding of the usage of the body of water [you are working on], and common sense.”