Wednesday, 20 February 2013 06:56
It is with profound pleasure that I can formerly announce my latest salvage project, "The Logic Project".
As you may be aware, I have had a lifetime devotion to the careful and logical study of shipwrecks, especially those where contemporary records were still available. I have dedicated countless hours of research and fieldwork in this pursuit. My efforts have been rewarded with many discoveries, some of which have been widely publicized, such as those of the H.L. Hunley and the S.S.Georgiana. My work also played an important role in other major discoveries, that you probably read about, including the wreck of the S.S. Republic, from which large recoveries of gold and silver have been made.
There are several more wrecks, which I also discovered over the years, but had dared not to publicize or do any extensive work on them before I could establish legal rights to them. However, I am now in a position to move forward on several wrecks in United States Territorial Waters.
A couple of months ago, I entered into an agreement with United Gold Explorations Limited, a United Kingdom Company, to finance my expedition. And, I have mobilized my team towards the salvage of our first target.
Highlights of the “Logic Project” include:
- Six well-researched targets comprised of multiple shipwrecks of high commercial and historical value.
- Several located wrecks including some of which treasure has already been recovered.
- Several targets for which permits have already been secured
- A top notch, well-equipped team of salvage and archaeological professionals
I consider this to be the greatest undertaking of my life.
Dr. E. Lee Spence
This email has been sent out by United Gold Explorations Limited.
To learn more about UGEL’s venture with Dr. Spence, go to: www.ugelimited.com
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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 05:49
Students studying Civil War-era shipwreck artifacts from Modern Greece at the N.C. Underwater Archaeology Branch in Kure Beach include B. J. Howard (left) and Robin Croskery (center), shown working with Assistant State Archaeologist Nathan Henry. (Photo courtesy of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources)
KURE BEACH, NC – While their peers may be whiling away spring break on the sunny beaches of Key West or the Bahamas, 11 graduate students from East Carolina University (ECU) and two interns from UNC-Wilmington (UNC-W) are looking for treasure in murky tanks of crusty old objects. They are examining artifacts from the shipwreck of Modern Greece, a Civil War-era blockade runner that sank in June 1862.
Under the direction of Susanne Grieve, director of conservation for ECU’s Maritime History program, and Nathan Henry, an assistant state archaeologist for the Underwater Archaeology Branch (N.C. Department of Cultural Resources), the students will examine some of the 11,500 artifacts that were recovered from the wreck, which was discovered lying just 300 yards off Fort Fisher in 25 feet of water in 1962. Some of the artifacts were conserved and now are exhibited at the N.C. Maritime Museum branches in Beaufort and Southport, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, and other museums in and out of state. Thousands more remain to be researched.
The students will determine the type and condition of the artifacts and will record, catalog, photograph and evaluate future conservation needs. From water-filled tanks the students have retrieved cases of Enfield rifle muskets, antler-handled knives, hand cuffs, hoes, picks, and other 1860s farm and household goods.
Modern Greece represents an important period in history as an early casualty in the naval battlefield associated with Fort Fisher. Research on the Modern Greece, found 100 years after it sank, prompted development of the field of underwater archaeology and maritime artifact conservation in North Carolina and throughout the nation.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Fisher are co-sponsors of this project. Find Civil War Sesquicentennial programming at (www.nccivilwar150.com).
For more information on underwater archaeology or the Modern Greece shipwreck project, call (910) 458-9042. The Underwater Archaeology Branch, State Historic Sites and State History Museums are within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
Courtesy Beach Carolina
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Sunday, 20 January 2013 12:01
PENNSYLVANIA - A failed effort to ban the use of metal detectors could spur guidelines for this hobby in Carlisle.
Borough Council on Jan. 10 voted unanimously against a motion to have the borough solicitor draft and advertise an ordinance to prohibit the use of metal detectors in the borough’s parks.
“Why are we doing this? I feel this is a solution to a problem we don’t have,” Council Member Matt Madden said before the vote.
Borough Manager Matt Candland said that since staff could see liabilities associated with metal detectors, they thought it best to ban in.
Jeff Farr, of Mount Holly Springs, said he had sparked a debate over metal detectors in the first place.
He said he had called the borough expecting to be told to get a permit, as state parks require, or that only certain parks were open to metal detecting.
“I’ve seen people doing it here. I was just trying to follow the rules,” he said.
Council Member Tim Scott said he hoped staff would work with Fair and the Parks and Recreation Committee to draft guidelines.
Robin Guido, chairman of the borough’s parks and recreation committee, made the motion.
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 05:54
Wreck of the Jennie M. Carter from 1894, the ribs of which can still be seen off Salisbury Beach Center at low tide. The weekend's blizzard has once again exposed the wreck.
By Angeljean Chiaramida, STAFF WRITER
SALISBURY BEACH — On April 13, 1894, local residents rose to find the schooner Jennie M. Carter smashed on the sands of Salisbury Beach, its crew gone while its cat remained curled up on the captain’s chair.
Sunk as the result of one of the worst storms of the 19th century, the broken bones of the 130-foot, three-masted vessel are now more visible, further exposed through the sand after the sea ravaged Salisbury’s shoreline during the weekend blizzard.
“You can usually see it when there’s a low, low tide, but after this storm it would be more visible,” said Cassie Adams, the hostess at Salisbury Beach’s Seaglass Restaurant. “The beach lost a lot of sand in this storm.”
Playing on Salisbury Beach as a child, Adams hadn’t been aware that the wooden stubble peeking up in the sand during very low tides was a 139-year-old sunken ship. Forming a remote oval in the shape of a ship, its remains look like wooden stubble sticking up in the sand, she said, its inner realm filled with what looks like driftwood.
Saturday, 09 February 2013 09:11
by ANGELA KOCHERGA
WFAA Border Bureau
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK -- The illegal trade in ancient artifacts is thriving, and pre-Colombian relics from Mexico are among the prized items.
“Like almost like any crime, it’s really the same -- it’s profit,” said Tim Stone, Resident Agent in Charge of the Homeland Security Investigations office in Alpine. HSI is the investigative arm of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Archaeological theft is so profitable, drug smugglers along this remote stretch of border use the same routes to smuggle artifacts into the country.
“It’s just kind of a unique place, in that it doesn’t attract much attention," Stone said. "But it’s a very lucrative corridor."
The Big Bend region gets its name from the curve of the Rio Grande as it cuts through ancient limestone canyons. Some of those canyons hold archaeological treasures.
“What’s cool about this site is when they were doing the archaeological excavation, they found a very unique arrow point,” said Mary Bones, senior curator at the Museum of the Big Bend, as she stood in front of a pictograph exhibit.
The collection of artifacts at Sul Ross State University includes relics that are still being studied by archaeologists, trying to piece together the history of the early people of the region.
“For those folks who like a good mystery, that’s all we have are the pictographs, and no one has been able to interpret what the pictographs mean and their very unique arrow points,” Bones said.
Some of the artifacts that could help solve that mystery are threatened by thieves.
“Because once you remove an artifact from where it is, you lose so much information,” Bones said.
According to Homeland Security Investigations, thieves removed thousands of items from archaeological sites in the area of Northern Mexico near Big Bend National Park.
Thursday, 17 January 2013 06:48
Ballarat gold dealer Cordell Kent with the 5.5kg gold nugget. Picture: David Caird Source: Herald Sun
By Jessica Evans
BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA - The "incredibly rare" nugget was found 60cm underground by a prospector, who wishes to remain anonymous, on Wednesday.
Ballarat Mining Exchange Gold Shop owner and dealer Cordell Kent said the prospector heard a faint noise on his detector and removed a dense pile of leaf mulch before he started digging.
"He thought he had detected the bonnet of a car when he saw a glint of gold," Mr Kent said.
"He cleaned the top of it and the gold kept expanding and expanding ... he saw more and more gold ... he couldn’t believe what he was seeing."
Sunday, 03 February 2013 08:01
Photo: Shipwreck (A. Vanzo/UNESCO)
The Spanish navy has documented 1,580 shipwrecks in a database created in 2011 to track all the ships lost at sea based on information in the naval archives, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
The database confirmed that most of the ships lost at sea went down off the Iberian Peninsula and in the Caribbean, with many of the vessels involved in the intense maritime traffic with the Americas over the past few centuries.
The project’s goal is to locate and identify the vessels whose sinking’s are documented in the navy’s vast records of both Spanish ships that sank around the world and foreign ships that went down in Spain’s territorial waters.
Of the 1,580 shipwrecks registered so far, references to locations exist in 1,176 cases, or 75 percent.
Europe accounts for 59.3 percent of the documented losses, with Spain accounting for 596 shipwrecks, or 50.7 percent.
North America, Central America and the Caribbean account for 314, or 26.7 percent, of the shipwrecks, with 176 of the sinking’s occurring off Cuba.
South America accounts for 80, or 6.8 percent, of the shipwrecks, while the Far East, especially the Philippines, and Australia account for 5.4 percent of the losses.
The Philippines alone were the scene of 50 of the documented shipwrecks.
North Africa, according to the navy database, accounts for 21 shipwrecks.
The date of the shipwreck is known in some 85 percent of the cases.
The project, which has not been completed, will continue over the next few years, depending on the availability of funding, the Defense Ministry said.
Courtesy Hispanically Speaking News
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Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:25
By Perry Diaz (California)
THE PHILIPPINES - The Hunt for the fabled “Marcos Loot” is beginning to look like an Indiana Jones sequel. The only difference is that this one is for real with real life characters, tons of real gold bullions, and a 2,000-pound solid gold Buddha filled with real diamonds, emeralds, and other precious stones that would make the Queen of England look like a pauper.
And after three decades of hunting for the Marcos Loot that began the day the late President Cory Aquino kicked the Marcoses out of power, the hunt is finally coming to an end during the presidency of her only son, Benigno Aquino III. Not that the Marcos Loot has been recovered but that the government had seemingly lost the will to continue the hunt.
Sunday, 03 February 2013 07:47
Compiled by Mai Lan
VIETNAM - Dr. Nguyen Dang Vu, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Quang Ngai province, says that the Department signed a contract with Doan Anh Duong Co., Ltd. on the excavation of antiques in the shipwreck in the waters of Binh Chau commune, Binh Son district on January 29.
The excavation began on January 30 and will last for 60 days. Doan Anh Duong Co., Ltd. is responsible for excavating the shipwreck on an area of 600 m2, at the cost of more than VND40 billion ($2 million).
There are about 40,000 artifacts in the shipwreck. It is estimated that over VND54 billion ($2.5 million) can be collected from auctions. The State will hold the shipwreck and exclusive artifacts. The remaining objects will be divided in three parts, with two parts for the excavator and one part for the State.
"This division has been approved by the People's Committee and it is strictly in accordance with law," Dr. Vu said.
According to experts, the shipwreck dated back to the late Yuan Dynasty in China in the 14th century. The antiques are mainly household ceramic wares such as bowls, pots, cups, plates, incense ... The unique feature of these artifacts are being decorated by the patterns of chrysanthemum, orchid, lotus and wrestlers.
The artifacts in the shipwreck in Binh Chau are the oldest compared to the underwater antiquities found in Vietnam so far.
Courtesy VietNamNet Bridge
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Saturday, 12 January 2013 09:41
Terry Herbert from Burntwood, Staffordshire, with some of the pieces which made up an Anglo-Saxon hoard. Photo: PA
By Andrew Hough
UK - More than 80 Anglo-Saxon gold and silver items found buried in a field near Lichfield were ruled to be part of a collection dubbed the Staffordshire Hoard.
After they were yesterday declared a treasure trove, experts from British Museum's valuation committee were instructed to assess their worth.
Staffordshire County Council and neighboring councils will also attempt to raise the money to buy the new items, which date to the 7th century, for the nation.
The haul will likely to end up in museums with the original Staffordshire Hoard, which was found in a field in 2009 by metal detectorist Terry Herbert, 57.
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