Patacho of Pedro Diaz

Final Days of 2014 Fieldwork: Excavation, Site Mapping, and Wrapping It All Up

By December 8, 2014July 14th, 2015No Comments

The past week has been very busy as we extended our project a few days (thank you sponsors) to take advantage of the weather. We’ve had the opportunity to continue excavations on site EBT6 in an effort to expand the test pits and determine how complex the site is. We were successful in digging back to the depth that we were last year and expanding the survey area for mapping purposes. What we found was good news. In addition to the dozens of concretions that we encountered, we found some remains of timbers, charcoal, ceramic, and rope, as well as intrusive objects such as bottle caps. A few samples were recovered for analysis and dating purposes. This is noteworthy because we were unsure if the environment would be conducive to the long-term preservation of organic materials–and it appears that indeed it is. We still do not have a clear sense of the full extent of the site, but have determined from the data recovered this season that it warrants a close-order gradiometer survey to delineate its boundaries and further excavation on a larger scale to better understand what type of wreck this represents. The cannon and other selected diagnostic artifacts may be recovered for analysis and exhibit purposes next year, which will give us more clues to the origins of this wreck. The images below provide a glimpse of what has transpired during the final days of the 2014 project. In the coming months we’ll be finishing the site plans and artifact drawings, generating the field report, presenting our finds at international conferences, and planning for next year’s field campaign. Thank you for following our blog and thank you again to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this project a success this year. Seasons greetings

Divers deployed for recording tasks (photo GS)

Divers deployed for recording tasks (photo GS)

Photographing the wood block brought up in a fishing net in the past. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Photographing a wood block of unknown age brought up in a fishing net and graciously lent to us by a Sagres local. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Generating the 1:1 scale drawing of the wooden block. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Generating the 1:1 scale drawing of the wooden block. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

EBT1 site plan in progress. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

EBT1 site plan in progress. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Working on the EBT1 site plan. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Working on the EBT1 site plan. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Philosophy of the wooden block. (photo T. Fraga)

Philosophy of the wooden block. (photo T. Fraga)

En route to investigate a recent cannon find outside of the survey area. (photo Virgilio Rodrigues)

En route to investigate a recent cannon find outside of the survey area. (photo Virgilio Rodrigues)

Preparing the 2 x 6 meter EBT6 test pit grid to be carried into the water. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Preparing the 2 x 6 meter EBT6 test pit grid to be carried into the water. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Walking the EBT6 grid to the site. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Walking the EBT6 grid to the site. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Transporting the grid underwater. (photo still from video by J. Baço)

Transporting the grid underwater. (photo still from video by J. Baço)

Divers navigating the grid underwater to EBT6 for placement on site. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Divers navigating the grid underwater to EBT6 for placement on site. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Marking the positioning of the EBT6 grid. (photo still from video by J. Baço)

Marking the positioning of the EBT6 grid. (photo still from video by J. Baço)

Continuing excavation of EBT6. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Continuing excavation of EBT6. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Working on the EBT6 site plan. (photo A. Catsambis)

Working on the EBT6 site plan. (photo A. Catsambis)

Charcoal found at EBT6 site. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Osseous remains at EBT6 site. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

EBT6 cannon excavation. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

EBT6 cannon excavation. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Wooden remains discovered at EBT6. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Wooden remains discovered at EBT6. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Excavation around EBT6 cannon 1. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Excavation around EBT6 cannon 1. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Adding new features to EBT6 site plan. (photo A. Catsambis)

Adding new features to EBT6 site plan. (photo A. Catsambis)

EBT6 site plan in progress. (photo A. Catsambis)

EBT6 site plan in progress. (photo A. Catsambis)

Post-dive photomosaic discussion. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Post-dive photomosaic discussion. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Follow the rainbow to the shipwreck. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Follow the rainbow to the shipwreck. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Recording concretions at EBT6. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Recording concretions at EBT6. (photo Lolita Petriconi)

Recording of the anchor (EBT9) ring. (photo Virgilio Rodrigues)

Documentation of the anchor (EBT9) ring. (photo Virgilio Rodrigues)

Examining the sea state early in the morning. (photo Virgilio Rodrigues)

Examining the sea state early in the morning. (photo Virgilio Rodrigues)

Amazing view of Martinhal. (photo Virgilio Rodrigues)

Stunning view of Martinhal on the final days of the 2014 field campaign. (photo Virgilio Rodrigues)