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LIFE ON THE PROJECT

The excavation of the La Belle in Madagorda Bay during 1996 and 1997 was part of the Texas Historical Commission’s La Salle Shipwreck Project, known as the Project. An old marine warehouse was used on the mainland for the Project, to include as the living quarters for the archaeologists. The photographs shown above and below are of this building, which is also where artifacts were kept and where archaeological work was done.

Days were long on the Project, consisting of the boat ride on the Anomaly to the Cofferdam, excavating the La Belle, the return trip on the Anomaly back to the Project’s main site, followed by unloading of artifacts brought back each day from the Cofferdam on the Anomaly, the stabilization of the artifacts prior to their shipment to the Conservation Research Laboratory at Texas A & M University, as well completing notes and entering information from that day’s work into the computer.

The photograph above shows the working being done on a given day after artifacts brought back each day from the Cofferdam on the Anomaly were unloaded. Often, it was dark outside by then and this work was done before evening meals at the Project. Adding to such long work hours each day was the fact that the archaeologist lived at the Project and that meant they were easily available if any worked beckoned or if their services were needed.

To see what life was like for the archaeologist at the Project, and in response to the long hours each day, click on the link below.

LIFE ON THE PROJECT

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