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Twenty Years of Fostering Research on Naval Heritage: The NHHC Permitting Program

By Dr. Alexis Catsambis and Blair Atcheson, Naval History and Heritage Command, Underwater Archaeology Branch In May of 2000, the Navy established an archaeological research permitting program that promoted research into its historic ship and aircraft wrecks. Fifteen years later, the program was expanded to include all sunken and terrestrial …

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Conservators in Action: Uncovering Secrets of the Suspected Revenge Cannon

By Shanna Daniel, Archaeological Conservator, Underwater Archaeology Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command It’s never a dull day at Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Underwater Archaeology (UA) Conservation Laboratory especially when a heavily concreted cannon from the suspected wreck site of the 14-gun naval schooner Revenge arrived on May 26, …

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The Conservation of Enfield Rifle Barrels from USS Tulip

The Naval History and Heritage Command’s (NHHC) Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) manages the Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory which is primarily tasked with  the documentation, treatment, preservation, and curation of artifacts from US Navy sunken military craft.  Artifact conservation is an integral part of any archaeological investigation and allows for the …

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