This report is intended by the authors to present, in a preliminary manner, the results of investigations carried out on a sixteenth-century Spanish shipwreck over a period of two and one half years. Discovered in 1992 by state archaeologists during a submerged cultural resource survey of Pensacola Bay, the Emanuel Point Ship is the earliest colonial vessel to be found in Florida’s waters. Although only a portion of the site has been investigated thus far, artifacts and field specimens recovered during initial excavations suggest that the ship may have been associated with the first European attempt to colonize Florida in 1559.
The document is a preliminary presentation of archaeological data and the results of initial analyses to be circulated for both professional and public review. A formal report, based on critical responses to this draft and subsequent data derived from additional analyses, will be published in due course. In the meantime, the authors would like to invite your input and to receive your comments on the material contained herein. Please address your responses to:
Dr. Roger C. Smith
Bureau of Archaeological Research
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250