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Media Photo: Shipwreck Excavation

Archaeology excavation of LAURA A BARNES

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Date: June 17, 2010
Contact: National Park Service, 252-473-2111 x148

Students, like Kathryn Lee Cooper, from the Field School of Maritime History and Underwater Research with East Carolina University (ECU), along with the National Park Service Submerged Cultural Resource Unit, the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute, the NC State Underwater Archeology Unit and NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary have joined efforts to form a working partnership project this summer entitled Shipwrecks of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The team of archeologists, with the help of some interested park visitors, have excavated remains of the three-masted schooner Laura A. Barnes that wrecked off Nags Head in 1921.

Did You Know?

Seasparkle, a tiny dinoflagellate that can be seen glowing in the surfline at night.

The beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore sparkle at night. When you kick the sand, you disturb tiny dinoflagellates like seasparkle, magnified in the picture to the left. A chemical reaction causes them to glow with a blue-green light.