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December 20, 2009

The First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project


As 2009 draws to a close so does LAMP's most ambitious project to date, the First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project. In 2006 LAMP was awarded a grant worth more than $281,000 by the State Division of Historical Resources and the Florida Historical Commission in order to undertake this 2.5-year comprehensive program of archaeological research and outreach. In the closing days of the project we are finishing analyses and report production after our final of three grant-funded field seasons.

This project brought a sea change to LAMP and our research capabilities.

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The Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMPosts



The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum and LAMP have hosted the Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology each March since 2007. The fourth annual Symposium will be held at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum from March 17 to March 20, 2010. This annual event is co-sponsored by the GTM Research Reserve, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the St. Augustine Archaeological Association.

For more information on this upcoming event, and also previous Symposiums, please follow the links below.

2010 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology, March 17-20

2009 Symposium information
2008 Symposium information and blog entry
2007 Symposium information and blog entry

LAMP Summer Field School

Posted by: Chuck Meide in Field School, LAMPosts



Every summer LAMP oversees an intense 4 week accredited field school open to both undergraduate and graduate students, providing an opportunity to participate in a marine survey and the excavation of one or more shipwreck or other maritime archaeological sites. In addition to methodological training and academic lectures, students get valuable real-world experience in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork, scientific diving and seamanship, and laboratory analysis.

More information on our upcoming and previous Field Schools are available through the following links.

Upcoming Summer 2011 Field School Announcement and Information

2010 LAMP Field School original announcement

2009 LAMP Field School original announcement

Click here to read all Field School-related blog posts, from 2007 to the present.

December 16, 2009

LAMP Boatworks Hull Inventory

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMP Boatworks, LAMPosts


Welcome to the LAMP Boatworks Hull Inventory. This is an ongoing listing by Hull Number of all small craft constructed by LAMP Boatworks at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum.

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December 10, 2009

Prepping the Galveztown Yawl’s Keel/Stem Scarf

Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner in LAMP Boatworks, LAMPosts


Today boatbuilders prepared the joinery, or scarf, that will attach the Galveztown yawl boat’s assembled stem post to the craft’s keel. This was done by clamping the stem to the keel and drilling pilot holes for the silicon bronze fasteners, in this case nuts and bolts with washers.

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December 9, 2009

LAMP Boatworks Chaisson Dory Tender Drawing

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMP Boatworks, LAMPosts


We are pleased to announce the LAMP Boatworks Chaisson Dory Tender Drawing! We will be giving away our beautiful little rowing boat, complete with hand-made ash oars, to the lucky winner of this contest. The 10' long wooden boat was built by our volunteers at the Lighthouse and its hull number is LMP0003. All donations received from the drawing will support LAMP Boatworks, our traditional wooden boatbuilding program.

Suggested minimum donation is $5 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. The drawing will be held in conjunction with the Lighthouse Maritime Festival on March 20, 2010. LAMP representatives will be traveling with the boat to a variety of events and locations throughout St. Augustine, where tickets will be available, and tickets will always be available at the Lighthouse through the time of the drawing. The official rules to the drawing are listed below.

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12/09/09 Presentation: Discover First America Lecture Series "Pirates! Fact and Fiction"

Posted by: Brendan Burke in Events, LAMP Events, LAMPosts


Presentation Title: Blood in the Inlet: St. Augustine and its History With Pirates
Speaker: Brendan Burke, LAMP
When: THIS WEDNESDAY, December 9th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: Flagler Auditorium (west of the Lightner Museum), St. Augustine

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December 4, 2009

Luminary Night Photos

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Santa Photos from Luminary Night 2009

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LAMP Boatwright Visits Galveztown Under Construction in Malaga, Spain

LAMP Boatworks chief boatbuilder Maury Keiser (right) and St. Augustine resident Roy Jaeger pose in front of the Galveztown's erect frames in Malaga, Spain.

One of our more exciting international partnerships is that with the Astilleros Nereo, a shipyard and maritime museum in Malaga, Spain. The shipyard is building a full-size replica of the Revolutionary War ship Galveztown, which played a critical role in the battle that switched Florida from British to Spanish control at the end of the Revolution. LAMP archaeologists provided archaeological data to inform the Malaga shipwrights as they designed the vessel, and our volunteers at LAMP Boatworks are just beginning to build one of two yawls, or ship's boats, to accompany the Galveztown on her goodwill American tour which is scheduled to begin with the trans-Atlantic voyage to St. Augustine.

LAMP's chief boatwright, Maury Keiser, headed to Spain on holiday this week and made it a point to visit the Astilleros Nereo shipyard. While there, he got a first-hand look at the Galveztown on the stocks, and got some great press as well.

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