Pirates of North Carolina: Curse of the Revenge
Check out the work of archaeologists as they uncover the remains of pirate Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The web site at www.qaronline.org/ includes historical information on Blackbeard, an education page, and photos and descriptions of recovered artifacts, including ship parts.
Colonial Williamsburg Features Maps
Explore colonial maps from Colonial Williamsburg’s collection in an online exhibition that includes maps dated from 1587 to 1782 (www.history.org/history/museums/online_exhibits.cfm). The online exhibition looks at maps relating to colonial discovery, exploration, boundary disputes, navigation, trade, the French and Indian War, and the Revolutionary War. The exhibition features a zooming tool allowing a close look at map details, a glossary of terms, and a timeline of major events in history that occurred near the date a particular map was drawn.
Michigan Web Site Highlights Fraudulent Relics
The Michigan Relics (aka the Soper Frauds) were the product of an elaborate fraud that operated between 1890 and 1920 and were supposed to represent the products of a cultural intrusion from the ancient Middle East into Michigan. Many people still believe that they are legitimate. Check out the exhibit minitour, Digging Up Controversy: The Michigan Relics, by the Michigan Historical Museum at www.sos.state.mi.us/history/michrelics/.
NPS Updates Events Pages
The National Park Service has recently reformatted their web pages that feature Events in Your State and include information on Archeology Weeks and Months. Check out the new pages at www.cr.nps.gov/aad/public/statearc.htm.
Ceramics Featured on Web Site
Diagnostic Artifacts in Maryland is a new web page from the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/). It was created to provide an introduction to the types of diagnostic artifacts recovered from archaeological sites in Maryland and would be of interest to anyone interested in Maryland archaeology. Two sections, Prehistoric Ceramics and Colonial Historic Ceramics, are presented. The Prehistoric pages provide a brief description of Maryland’s cultural history, a general introduction to the physiographic regions located in the state, and ware definitions and images for most of the types of Native American pottery found here. The Colonial Historic pages cover various types of ceramics imported into this region between the time of initial European settlement and the American Revolution. Additional pages on lithics and other types of artifacts are planned.
The Archaeology Channel Continues to Grow
New additions to The Archaeology Channel, the streaming video web site are now available at www.archaeologychannel.org, as follows:
- The Shipwreck at Playa Damas—On the Caribbean coast of Panama, disputing parties soon may reach agreement on archaeological exploration of a shipwreck that might have been abandoned there by Christopher Columbus on his last voyage in 1503. Some evidence, not yet confirmed by archaeological analysis, suggests that the shipwreck at Playa Damas is that of La Vizcaina, a ship abandoned in 1503 by Christopher Columbus on his fourth and final voyage. Whatever its identity, it may be the oldest shipwreck yet found in the Western Hemisphere and a unique opportunity to examine early 16th-century shipbuilding methods. This opportunity might have been lost in the controversy surrounding salvage and research rights, but now it seems likely that the Institute of Nautical Archaeology will undertake a fully professional research effort.
- Signs of Life—One of the best and most enjoyable explanations of archaeology for a lay audience is this video about archaeology in New Mexico. Produced with support from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Fund, this is an engaging exploration of modern science applied to ancient times. All that’s dry or dusty about this program are Robert A. Burns’ shoes as he leads the viewer through ancient ruins, ghost towns, forts, and museums as well as high-tech laboratories across New Mexico. This video explains why archaeology is relevant and important not only to archaeologists, who use remarkably clever techniques to tease out clues about the past, but also to all people of today and in the future.
- People of the Whale, Part 1—In 1971, a Seattle television station carried two programs about wet-site excavations at the Ozette Site, which has been called the Pompeii of the Northwest. Located on the outer coastline of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, the Ozette Site yielded the perfectly preserved remains of a pre-contact Makah village beneath a series of mudslides. This made-for-TV program depicts archaeological fieldwork at Ozette in 1970, the first of 12 seasons of work that recovered 55,000 artifacts now displayed at the Makah Cultural and Research Center in Neah Bay, Washington. The archival footage in this film is destined to be a key resource for those studying and teaching the history of North American archaeology.