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Anthropology’s Ford Publishes on Ceramics from Deep-Sea Shipwreck

Posted on 9/28/2017 5:17:08 PM

Ben Ford recently published an article on the ceramics and glass from the Mardi Gras shipwreck, located 4,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

Mardi Gras Shipwreck Ceramics

Photo: Ceramics from the Mardi Gras shipwreck

Ford’s article appeared in a special edition of the journal Historical Archaeology focusing on the Mardi Gras Shipwreck.

When the Mardi Gras wreck was excavated, it was the deepest shipwreck to be archaeologically excavated. Ford’s article analyzes the ceramic and glass assemblage from the shipwreck, an assemblage that was remarkably intact because of the depth of the wreck. The ceramics helped to date the shipwreck to the first quarter of the 19th century and suggested that the vessel was crewed by three people because there were several sets of three bowls and plates. The glass assemblage shed light on what was imbibed on board—wine.

Department of Anthropology