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18th Century Cauldron, Below and Above the Sea


LAMP's Archaeological Conservator Starr Cox excavates the sediments from inside a cauldron from the 18th century Storm Wreck. At this stage the large cast iron pot has been removed from its original location and is rigged for lifting. The cauldron is believed to date from 1740 to 1780.

In addition to the underwater footage of the cauldron above (taken on the day of best visibility we've ever had on site), our friends and partners at FPAN, who were on the boat last Wednesday for its raising, have footage of the cauldron as it first broke the surface and saw sunlight for the first time in three centuries . . . you can tell from all the whooping and hollering and honking from surrounding boats that it was an exciting day, check it out!

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