On a shipwreck, even the smallest detail helps archaeologists assemble the story of a ship’s history. Here you can see what appears to be a syringe in the top center and an overturned bowl on the right. In the center of the image you can see a piece of ceramic with a blue transfer decoration. Decorated ceramics often have diagnostic features that can provide information on their origin and cultural affiliation that in-turn provide information about the people on board the ship and places it may have visited. The biologists on the team are interested in characterizing the fauna that colonizes the shipwrecks to better understand the role of shipwrecks with regards to benthic ecology. Squat Lobsters like the one in the center of the picture are common residents on this shipwreck known as Monterrey B.

On a shipwreck, even the smallest detail helps archaeologists assemble the story of a ship’s history. Here you can see what appears to be a syringe in the top center and an overturned bowl on the right. In the center of the image you can see a piece of ceramic with a blue transfer decoration. Decorated ceramics often have diagnostic features that can provide information on their origin and cultural affiliation that in-turn provide information about the people on board the ship and places it may have visited. The biologists on the team are interested in characterizing the fauna that colonizes the shipwrecks to better understand the role of shipwrecks with regards to benthic ecology. Squat lobsters like the one in the center of the picture are common residents on this shipwreck known as Monterrey B. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

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