Abstract: Titanic at 100

Lecturer: James Delgado

The wreck of RMS Titanic is 100 years old in 2012.  In a wide-ranging visual presentation of the wreck’s history and cultural significance and an overview of what has happened to the site since its 1985 discovery, Dr. Delgado embarks on an undersea tour of the wreck site to discuss what forensics and archaeology have learned about Titanic’s last hours, the destruction of the ship, and the ongoing environmental and human impacts to the site.  He focuses in detail on the scientific archaeological mapping of the site in 2010, a mission in which he served as chief scientist, and concludes with a discussion on the need to preserve Titanic as an archaeological, historical and memorial site, drawing on current and proposed initiatives to achieve that goal.

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Robert D. Ballard and Michael Sweeney, Return to Titanic (National Geographic Society, 2004)

http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/03titanic/welcome.html

http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/04titanic/welcome.html

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