An overview of the Kings Castle and the sea battery. Veronica exploring. -  Photo by Douglas Inglis © 2012 the Warwick Project

Archaeologists in the Kings Castle

We stood in the ruined fort looking down at the sea. Each one of us was exhausted from months of excavation, but feeling rejuvenated by our climb to the top ...

Archaeologists excavate and map the hull remains of Warwick in 2011 - © 2011 Jon Adams, Warwick Project

Shipwreck Excavation – We’re Live!

At last – the Warwick Excavation blog is up and running! Veronica and I are in beautiful Bermuda helping to uncover and document the sunken English galleon Warwick. For the ...

Refreshments at the nearby cafe © 2011 Randall Sasaki

When The Rain Comes

It was darker than normal this morning.  The sky was overcast and the air was heavy; rain was on the horizon.  Breakfast, as per usual, was some form of rice. ...

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Shipwreck Maps: Documenting Warwick

Originally posted on Warwick, 1619: Shipwreck Excavation:
By Guest Blogger: Jeff Delsescaux Jeff Delsescaux, recording timbers underwater. – © 2012 Warwick Project When not being delayed by weather, the crew of the Warwick Project is recording the shipwreck in minute detail.  To make sure we make an accurate map of the ship, we use multiple methods…

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We leave the barge as dark clouds and high wind move in (1280x960)

Originally posted on Warwick, 1619: Shipwreck Excavation:
A storm on the horizon. A panoramic view of the site, taken as we leave quickly, hoping to avoid being caught in rough seas. – © 2012 Warwick Project A tropical storm swept across Bermuda last week, decimating our diving operation. We are finally back on track, and are…

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Warwick 2011 - Screening the overburden (1280x960)

Originally posted on Warwick, 1619: Shipwreck Excavation:
One of the most important, dirty and labor intensive aspects of terrestrial archaeology is screening excavated sediments: as above, so below. Well, sort of. Working underwater makes everything more complicated. Josh and Jeff gently hand fan sediment off the wreck of Warwick. – 2012 © Warwick Project Although archaeologists…

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Dredging with great visibility (1280x1026)

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Originally posted on Warwick, 1619: Shipwreck Excavation:
The previous week had been grey and miserable. The wind kept shifting and made rounding Castle Roads a choppy passage. For the most part, we were constantly working with the latent threat of a storm. On the morning of the 28th, however, the sun was brilliant, the sky cloudless,…

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Treenails holding the planks together

Originally posted on Warwick, 1619: Shipwreck Excavation:
Warwick lies, torn asunder, on the floor of Castle Harbour. As we slowly uncover the ship’s buried skeleton, we are continuously astounded by the quality of her construction. She was built from densely packed, massive oak timbers. Between three layers of outer planking, frames, and inner planking (confusingly referred…

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What’s next: Bermuda

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of enthusiasm since we were Freshly Pressed. We deeply appreciate every comment, like, and read – and are thrilled for every new follower. For us, this has been an incredible introduction to hundreds of new blogs! Thank you all so much! So here’s what’s next: We hope that […]

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Batavia Replica -  © 2012 Kelby Rose, from the Nautical Archaeology in the 21st Century blog

Experiencing Batavia: the Power of Replicas

There is nothing compared to the physical experience of being aboard a historic sailing vessel. Neither of us has ever been aboard the full sized replica of Batavia, but after reading “The Power of Replicas” posted by Kelby Rose, we are determined to go. He posted stunning pictures of both the vessel and shipyard on […]

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Two cannonball - one still in its concretion.  -  © 2011 Warwick Project, Douglas Inglis

The Weapons of Warwick

In 1619, when Sir Robert Rich ordered his Galleon Warwick to sail to the American Colonies with a load of much needed supplies, he may have had more than merchant work in mind. Sir Robert, the Earl of Warwick, was a major shareholder in the Bermuda Company. Although his stake in the joint-stock company was […]

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Wings © 2009 Veronica Morriss

This One Walking Beside Me Whom I Do Not See

Some of the angels I encountered in the Greek cemetery, described in Angels over Alexandria.  The poems are from our favorite poets, Constantine Cavafy and Juan Ramón Jiménez. “I am not I. I am this one walking beside me whom I do not see, whom at times I manage to visit, and whom at other times […]

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A Tomb Fit for a Queen © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Angels Over Alexandria

It was a blustery day in Alexandria (El Eskanderia) and the sea was full of chop. The northerly, known by the ancients as the Etesian wind, was blowing strong.  During the summer months this wind would pick up strength and provide favorable conditions for ancient mariners sailing to Egypt from Greece and the Aegean.  Just […]

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