COOL IMAGES: Archaeology Down Under

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Science  16 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5413, pp. 395
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5413.395a

Ever wonder what it's like to explore a sunken ship? You can dive right in at the Web site of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M, which for over 2 decades has excavated shipwrecks spanning the Bronze Age to the U.S. Civil War. Launched last year, the institute's virtual museum features more than 1000 photos chronicling excavations and surveys, from the first look at a sand-covered hull through the restoration of corroded copper jugs. (An archaeologist checks out a pitcher wedged between two amphoras from a Byzantine ship that sank off southwestern Turkey around 1200 years ago.) The artifacts hauled from the sea—including a 14th century B.C. scarab of Queen Nefertiti, arsenic sulfide used in Byzantine medicine, and 17th century chamber pots from a Jamaican port—make for eerie windows into past lives.

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