A Sunken 17th Century City

Hamilton, D.L.; Woodward, Robyn
January 1984
Archaeology;Jan/Feb84, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p38
Focuses on Port Royal, a sunken 17th-century city off the waters of Jamaica that belongs to one of a select group of archaeological sites which includes Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy and Ozette in the state of Washington. Unique catastrophic sites; Disasters that hit the city from 1692 to 1780; Decision of Great Britain's imperial strategists to reorganize their naval fleet system and to close bases like Port Royal; Underwater salvage and looting of the sunken city; Collaboration betwen the Jamaican government, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and Texas A&M University; Aim of the Port Royal Project to investigate the possibilities of conducting controlled archaeological excavations in the submerged portions of the city; Challenges facing the explorers; Artifacts and structures discovered in the submerged city.


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