Part of the normal beach scenery: shipwreck investigations at Port MacDonnell, South Australia

Fowler, Maddy, and McKinnon, Jennifer (2012) Part of the normal beach scenery: shipwreck investigations at Port MacDonnell, South Australia. Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, 36. pp. 44-54.

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[Extract] Archaeological research at Port MacDonnell, South Australia recently attempted to identify the remains of a wooden shipwreck seasonally exposed in the beach and other shipwreck timbers stored at the Port MacDonnell Maritime Museum. The identity of the shipwreck in the beach has been a local mystery for many years, with several community members weighing in on which vessel they suspect the remains to represent. During two periods of fieldwork (March and July 2011), archaeological and geophysical surveys were conducted in order to determine the extent of the partially exposed beach shipwreck in an attempt to identify it historically. Oral history interviews were also conducted as part of this research to obtain additional infomation about the vessels, but also to answer broader questions about shipwrecks as places in the landscape and the impacts they had and continue to have on rural coastal communities and vice versa. This paper provides preliminary results of the field project researching shipwrecks in the Port MacDonnell community.

Item ID: 47254
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0276
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2017 23:01
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210110 Maritime Archaeology @ 80%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210108 Historical Archaeology (incl Industrial Archaeology) @ 10%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210104 Archaeology of Australia (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) @ 10%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950307 Conserving the Historic Environment @ 25%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 25%
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