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National Park Service Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and NOAA Partners Provide Unique Opportunity for Students
In picture: First Row (left to right): James Walker, Jimmy Stutz, Tristan Kuhn, Justin Stuart, John Barbish, Sam Miller, Sean Mueller, Joe Zongolowicz, and Garrett Halman.
Second Row (left to right): Jacob Mueller, Doug Stover, NPS Historian, Jacob Waterman, William Goodman, Houston Peet, Mathew Peterson, Matt Gerrek, Joe Eriksen, Mitchell Halman, Zach Abbate, Dan Gerrek, Derek Werner, Mark Judy, Brian Graham, Thomas Wright, Thomas King, and Greg Leber.
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum andNOAA U.S.S. Monitor Marine Sanctuary, recently sponsored a week long Shipwreck Archaeological Workshop (SAW) in Hatteras, North Carolina for 8th – 12th grade students. SAW provides an opportunity to study an archaeological relic such as a shipwreck and to use skills learned in math, science, history, social science, and writing in a real life, hands on situation.
Wendy Coble, archaeologist, provided a unique opportunity for ten students to catch a glimpse of what it is like to study a shipwreck. Coble directed this year’s program with former Cape Hatteras teacher, Bev Henson.
The program consisted of two phases; the first phase provided the students with basic background in concept and methods of how to perform the field work. The second phase, the field investigation, took place on Cape Hatteras National Seashore on June 16-20, 2008in Hatteras, North Carolina where the students excavated a shipwreck on the beach. The participants in the workshop gained both knowledge of academic elements involved in the archaeological investigation process and an appreciation of the history and cultural resources of the Outer Banks.
Did You Know?
The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water.
In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.