ADMAT's Maritime Archaeological Work is to be shown at a special photographic exhibition at INALCO, Paris

You will find below invitation for the photographic exhibit

"Archéologue en Amérique".

Dr Francois Gendron of ADMAT-FRANCE, which is based at the Institut de Paléontologie Humaine, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, has with his colleagues at the museum, put on a special photo exhibit of archaeological work in Latin Americas (Mexico, Bolivia, Peru and Dominican Republic). This will be presented from December 6th to December 23 at the famous INALCO (Institut national des langues et civilisation Orientales) in Paris.

Our maritime archaeological scientific work is the main atraction for the photographs selected of the Dominican Republic. Also there are some photographs exhibited of the Monte Cristi Carnival, taken by the Team. Each presentation have archaeological part and anthropological part, to show relation and interest of archaeologists for the local peoples and their culture.

The Front of the invitations

The Front of the invitations

The back of the invitations

The back of the invitations

The poster for the special exhibit clearly showing ADMAT's maritime archaeological work. This work is undertaken for ONPCS and the Ministry of Culture as well as the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales for the government of the Dominican Republic

The poster for the special exhibit clearly showing ADMAT's maritime archaeological work. This work is undertaken for ONPCS and the Ministry of Culture as well as the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales for the government of the Dominican Republic

Confirmed Le Dragon is the American Privateer Washington!

The latest exciting news from the excellent research conducted by Florence Prudhomme, is that Le Dragon, the last French warship lost in action during the American Revolutionary War in 1783 on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, was in fact an English privateer Dragon and before that an American privateer Washington! So this ship fought under three flags.

The ex-voto model from 1783 presumed to be a three-dimensional representation Le Dragon, in the nave of the Capuchin Church at Ostend

The ex-voto model from 1783 presumed to be a three-dimensional representation Le Dragon, in the nave of the Capuchin Church at Ostend

Florence Prudhomme, who is a PhD student in her final year at the Sorbonne University in Paris, has devoted her PhD Thesis to the story of Le Dragon and the captain of the ship. Large amounts of excellent research have been undertaken by Florence who is one of the core members of ADMAT-FRANCE which is based at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Institut de Paléontologie Humaine, in Paris.

Florence has published a paper in the Nautical Research Journal, which goes into some of her work on the change over from American to French. Please click here for the paper.

ADMAT will be conducting a maritime archaeological survey on Le Dragon during July 2018. For information on this historic survey and your chance to join the Team and take part click here Le Dragon.

Following in the footsteps of Columbus

"I sailed to the east towards a very high mountain that looks like an island but is not. It is connected to the land by a low isthmus and is shaped like a very beautiful tent. I named this mountain Monte Cristi.."  Christopher Columbus- Fuson, R. H. (1992). The Log of Christopher Columbus. Maine: International Marine Publishing.

"I sailed to the east towards a very high mountain that looks like an island but is not. It is connected to the land by a low isthmus and is shaped like a very beautiful tent. I named this mountain Monte Cristi.."  Christopher Columbus- Fuson, R. H. (1992). The Log of Christopher Columbus. Maine: International Marine Publishing.

Team Leader Raimund Krob took Wesley Korpela and Justine Fite, to climb up El Morro, the famous mountain which Columbus named for Monte Cristi. The climb took about an hour and once on the top afforded a great view of Monte Cristi Bay. From there they followed in Columbus's foot steps as they went to the far eastern end and looked out over the reefs to the east.

Justine, Raimund and Wesley at the top of El Morro  

Justine, Raimund and Wesley at the top of El Morro

 

The view across Monte Cristi Bay, with Cabrita Island in the foreground.

The view across Monte Cristi Bay, with Cabrita Island in the foreground.

Saturday, 5 January 1493 "Just before sunrise I made sail with a land breeze. It then shifted and blew from the east and I saw to the SSE, between Monte Cristi and a small island, what appeared to be a good harbour in which to anchor tonight. ... I entered between the mountain and the small island where the depth at low tide is 3 1/2 fathoms. It is a very remarkable harbour and i anchored there.

I took the boat to the small island, where I found a fire and signs that fishermen had been here. There I saw many coloured rocks, like a rock quarry, very beautiful and formed naturally. they would be suitable for building churches or royal structures....

Monte Cristi is very beautiful and high and accessible, and has a pretty shape. all the country near the mountain is low, forming a lovely plain, and the mountain is so tall that when one sees it from a distance it looks like an island. Beyond the mountain, 18 miles to the east, I saw a cape that I named Cabo del Bezerro (now known as Punta Rucia). Between Monte Cristi and the cape the reef extends seaward for 6 miles, although it seems to me that there are channels by which one could enter... Christopher Columbus - Fuson, R. H. (1992). The Log of Christopher Columbus. Maine: International Marine Publishing.

Clearly to be able to see this, Columbus must have walked to the eastern end of the mountain.

Wesley doing a Columbus... looking east.

Wesley doing a Columbus... looking east.

Wesley's view, the same as Christopher Columbus back in 1493, looking east towards the location of The Tile Wreck (1720-23), The Musket Ball Wreck (179), Le Casimir (1829) and Le Dragon (1783) and on to Punta Rucia, together with the reef chain which runs along the entire north coast and is a lea shore as well.

Wesley's view, the same as Christopher Columbus back in 1493, looking east towards the location of The Tile Wreck (1720-23), The Musket Ball Wreck (179), Le Casimir (1829) and Le Dragon (1783) and on to Punta Rucia, together with the reef chain which runs along the entire north coast and is a lea shore as well.

Wreck Two Team finishes their maritime archaeological survey for 2017

ADMAT's Wreck Two maritime archaeological team. The group successfully conducted the archaeological survey of this shipwreck, located in the historic Monte Cristi Bay on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

ADMAT's Wreck Two maritime archaeological team. The group successfully conducted the archaeological survey of this shipwreck, located in the historic Monte Cristi Bay on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

The two international teams under the leadership of John Downing from USA and Raimund Krob, from Canada have successfully finished this years survey of a new wreck called Wreck Two. The wreck was located last year, and an initial survey was undertaken last summer. This July the team spent a month on the wreck site, which is located in 12 meters in Monte Cristi Bay, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.  The two Teams, who represented, Canada, USA, Dominican Republic and England, conducted a number of dives with geophysical equipment to survey the site. A small number of diagnostic artefacts were found and the Team will be researching these finds prior to reporting our findings.

ADMAT's Wreck Two Project Nearly Fully Booked

ADMAT's exciting maritime archaeological survey on the new wreck site we are calling "Wreck Two" is now full for the first session, 1st to 15th July. We have opened a waiting list for those who wish to attend during this period. The second session 15th to 29th July sill has two slots left but anyone wanting to join the Team during this session needs to contact us ASAP. It will be an exciting month of this wreck site and a lot will be learnt and discovered. Important and interesting research design questions remain, like how old is the wreck, what nationality and purpose was the wreck and what is the story on the black obsidian found on the wreck site?

Team Members Wanted For The Survey of Wreck Two, Part of ADMAT's Monte Cristi Maritime Archaeological Project

Following on from the exciting discovery of a new historic shipwreck in Monte Cristi Bay in 2016, The Team will be conducting a survey of this new wreck in July 2017. Divers, students and interested parties who want to join the Team for this exciting project should apply now as places are limited. The project will run from 1st July to the 29th July.

Click on the following link to get further information.

The project, which will survey this new wreck site in Monte Cristi Bay on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, will use geophysical equipment to survey the historic wreck site. The site from initial RECCE is around 17 meters long and 10 wide, with most of it being buried under the sand. Currently there is part of the cargo scattered over the seabed, and the Team will be focusing its efforts in trying to locate the hull remains and any artefacts which will give an indication as to the age, nationality and purpose of the ship. Initial indications point to the vessel being pre 1800s and it is hoped that during the month long survey, a lot of information will be forth coming. This important work is being undertaken with the full support of the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture - Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuático (ONPCS) as well as the Ministry of Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales.  

Below a video taken of the wreck site during the RECCE in 2016

Dr. Spooner Takes ADMAT's Excavating Shipwrecks Series to the Caribbean on The Crystal Serenity!

Dr. Spooner's ship The Crystal Serenity in St. Bart's.

Dr. Spooner's ship The Crystal Serenity in St. Bart's.

During November and early December 2016, Dr Spooner took the ADMAT’s Excavating Shipwrecks Series of lectures to the Caribbean. He was the guest lecturer onboard the cruise liner Crystal Serenity. The cruise ship was doing a “Flavours of the Caribbean” Cruise, which departed New Orleans and stopped at Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, San Juan, St Barts, Tortola, Key West and back to New Orleans.

There were four lectures which as usual were a great success, with a number of interesting questions afterwards from the audience.

The Hollywood Theatre on the Crystal Serenity

The Hollywood Theatre on the Crystal Serenity

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Chow, BA, MA, MSc, PhD.

Dr. Jennifer Chow in action on The Tile Wreck.

Dr. Jennifer Chow in action on The Tile Wreck.

Big congratulations to Jennifer for being elevated to Dr. and achieving her PhD. A fantastic achievement and one so well earned!

Dr. Chow completed her B.A. in archaeology at the University of Toronto, and went on to complete an M.A. degree in Museum Studies at the University of Manchester, and an M.Sc. degree in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton. In 2016, she completed her Ph.D. studies in Archaeology, returning back to the University of Manchester.

Her doctoral research received an Honor Frost Foundation grant, which partly funded an experimental project on passive conservation of waterlogged wooden fragments from Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose. Her primary archaeological research concerns passive conservation of wet wood. She also has an interest and experience in the presentation and exhibition of waterlogged wood within a museum context. She is currently a visiting academic at the University of Manchester.

Dr  Chow took part in the ADMAT’s Artefact Handling classes in Toronto between 2009 and 2010 as well as being a Team member in 2010 on The Tile Wreck survey. While there she conducted a RECCE dive on Le Casimir where she located the only intact large wine bottle found so far, which probably was part of the cargo of wine.  She also took part in the initial RECCE for The Island Wreck survey, in Monte Cristi Bay.

Dr. Jennifer Chow locating an intact French wine bottle on Le Casimir Wreck site. The bottle was lying in the sand having recently been uncovered by a storm. It is the only intact one of its kind found on the wreck site.

Dr. Jennifer Chow locating an intact French wine bottle on Le Casimir Wreck site. The bottle was lying in the sand having recently been uncovered by a storm. It is the only intact one of its kind found on the wreck site.

ADMAT Presentation goes to Russia

Last year Dr Spooner's gave a paper at the International Theoretical and Practical Conference Study and Preservation of Maritime Heritage, April 7-11, 2015 in Kaliningrad, Museum of the World Ocean. This year we were asked to put forward a computer presentation of some aspects of your work which we did and was the only non Russian presentation which was shown to the museum guests on the computer table, next to the recently decommissioned MIR 1!

ADMAT's work shown in a presentation on the Computer Table at The Museum of The Ocean World.

ADMAT's work shown in a presentation on the Computer Table at The Museum of The Ocean World.

MIR 1 a new exhibit next to ADMAT's presentation in the main hall of the museum in Kaliningrad.

MIR 1 a new exhibit next to ADMAT's presentation in the main hall of the museum in Kaliningrad.

ADMAT Discovers a new Historic Shipwreck!

ADMAT returns from a very successful survey project in March in Monte Cristi Bay.  Raimund Krob led the team as we surveyed over 2 sq miles of Monte Cristi Bay where we know seven ships were sunk in the mid 1750's. The Team conducted survey lanes every 10 meters so surveying was like "mowing the lawn". On the last dive of the last day we dropped the shot and made the dive. As the Team descended to the seabed a small outcrop of bricks was found. This was identified as probable galley bricks, together with mast rings and small ballast stones. The Aquapulse metal detector rang all over the site.

John Downing will be leading a Team to investigate the wreck sitewe are calling Wreck two in July 2016.

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Any person who wishes to be part of these historic surveys, must contact Dr. Spooner ASAP as places are extremely limited. He can be contacted on maritime_archaeology@yahoo.co.uk