Ben Ford, Anthropology, will participate via telepresence in
a NOAA expedition to investigate three shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico on
Wednesday, April 16. The expedition will be streamed live through the NOAA
Okeanos Explorer website.
If you wish to follow the investigations in real-time,
video, audio, and additional information will be streaming through the Okeanos
Explorer website. Ford will be participating through voice communication and
updates to the project event log.
The project is part of a larger National Oceanographic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) project to explore the deep waters of the
Gulf of Mexico. The Okeanos Explorer cruise will last until May 1, 2014, and will
explore cultural, natural, and geologic sites in the Gulf. The entire cruise
will be streamed live. The live streaming allows the general public to see the
discoveries firsthand. It also allows NOAA to tap a large body of experts
without the logistics of placing them on a ship. Different experts will contribute
from shore throughout the expedition.
Ford’s contribution will be to investigations of the
Monterey shipwrecks, which lie in approximately 4,250 feet of water. These
wrecks appear to be early 19th-century ships, but this will be the
first intensive investigation of these sites. Ford has previous experience with
deep-water shipwrecks of this period in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of his
work on the Mardi Gras shipwreck.
Department of Anthropology