Emanuel Point Excavation Updates June-Sept 1997 [Artifacts] @ Florida OCHP

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Cooking Cauldron & Copper Bucket


These photos were taken during the late summer and fall of 1997
as the excavation team continued .....


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The ship's cooking cauldron, discovered in 1993, was located in the galley area of the ship, forward of the mainmast. The large mouth of the cauldron, with riveted bosses for the attachment of the heavy copper bale, was bright and shiny due to slow abrasion by the shifting sand bar. In preparation for recovery, the cauldron was cleared of sediments and the area reinforced with sand bags.
The body of the cauldron was found to be in an extremely deteriorated state, due to differential corrosion over four centuries of being submerged. It was decided to recover the cauldron with its contents of sand and shell intact. The cauldron was wrapped with an elastic bandage, carefully lifted into a large metal container and raised to the surface. It is now being cleaned and examined in the laboratory.

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Found in pieces, this copper bucket is a very large, heavily- constructed, but crudely-fashioned container of uncertain use. Built from copper plates joined by rivets and reinforcing strips, the bucket has two looping handles riveted opposite each other to the rim. The bottom of the bucket is one concave piece riveted to the sides and reinforced above with a horizontal strip of copper. Heavy metallic residue found in the bottom of the bucket is currently undergoing analysis to determine its composition. A similar bucket was found on the shipwreck Atocha which sank in 1622. It appears to have contained pitch which, when heated in the copper bucket, was used to tar seams in the wood hull planking and standing rigging.

 

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Copper Items 1 Copper Items 2 Copper Items 3 project people Recovering the anchor ceramics