archaeology

Sunken Steamboat Reveals New Secrets

This past weekend avocational diver Gary Lefebvre of Colchester, VT, identified some unusual wreckage off Colchester Shoal in Lake Champlain using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Lefebvre brought footage of the discovery to the attention of Chris Sabick, our Director of Research and Archaeology, who identified the wreckage as the remains of one of two …

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The King’s Shipyard Archaeological Project Series – Part 1: Historical Context

By Daniel E. Bishop, PhD Student, Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University Hi folks – Cherilyn here reporting from the Nautical Archaeology Center! Since the public won’t be able to stop by our conservation lab this season, we decided to keep everyone updated with our ongoing projects through the blogosphere! Last season …

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Shipwreck Tour: Phoenix

Did you know that there are hundreds of shipwrecks in Lake Champlain? The Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve was established by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation to protect these irreplaceable resources from harm, preserve them for future generations, and provide public access for divers and the public. The Archaeology team at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum manages these sites. …

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Shipwreck Tour: Champlain II

Did you know that there are hundreds of shipwrecks in Lake Champlain? The Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve was established by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation to protect these irreplaceable resources from harm, preserve them for future generations, and provide public access for divers and the public. The Archaeology team at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum manages these sites. …

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Imagining the Common Soldier’s Experience in the Battle of Plattsburgh – Part 2

By Cherilyn Gilligan, Archaeologist In the fall of 2019, I gave a presentation on my research into the common soldier’s experience during the Battle of Plattsburgh as part of the annual Battle of Plattsburgh event at the Kent Delord House Museum. I’ve converted that presentation into a two-part blog series, and this is the second …

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Imagining the Common Soldier’s Experience in the Battle of Plattsburgh – Part 1

By Cherilyn Gilligan, Archaeologist In the fall of 2019, I had the opportunity to present research to the public at the annual Battle of Plattsburgh event at the Kent Delord House Museum in Plattsburgh, New York. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum was contracted by the City of Plattsburgh to help with an American Battlefield Protection Program …

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Shipwreck Tour: General Butler

Did you know that there are hundreds of shipwrecks in Lake Champlain? The Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve was established by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation to protect these irreplaceable resources from harm, preserve them for future generations, and provide public access for divers and the public. The Archaeology team at Lake Champlain Maritime …

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The Search for MacDonough’s Shipyard

In September of 1814 the American Naval Fleet on Lake Champlain, commanded by Commodore Thomas MacDonough fought and defeated the British Royal Navy at the Battle of Plattsburgh Bay.  This conflict included the largest sailing vessels to ever operate on the Lake.  But where were these massive American vessels built?  It is well known that …

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