Abandoned Ships' Project

Project Synopsis:

Around the world, studies of non-catastrophically lost, deliberately discarded watercraft sites have touched upon many themes and interests – from the academic to the public, the historical to the recreational and from the site-specific to the regional. Such sites are significant for how they contribute to our understanding of behaviors associated with cultural site formation processes such as salvage, demolition, and scuttling translate to the archaeological record. Abandoned watercraft have also proved to have scientific and experimental potential, and to be able to give us insight into the causal aspects of discard activities, the spatial dimension of deliberate abandonment, and the changing nature of the disposal and post-abandonment re-utilization of unwanted watercraft. This project explores themes surrounding the significance and research potential of the abandoned ship resource.