By Dave Ball, MMS, and Alexis Catsambis, TAMU
We began today by shooting another mosaic of the site in order to map the progress of the excavation thus far. Having brought up most of the artifacts on the site, the project is nearing completion. Yesterday the concretion at the stern of the vessel was recovered, along with a round timber, most likely a boom or spar from the rigging. Backfilling of the site will begin shortly.
Today we also had a visit from four members of the Minerals Management Service. Steve Desauer, Dennis Chew, Joe Christopher, and Dr. Jim Kendall (Acting Deputy Director) flew out to witness first hand the progress that has been made on site. They were fascinated at the range of artifacts that have been recovered and the unique tools that have been modified to assist in the data recovery efforts.