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VIRTUAL - Reconstructing the 18th-Century World Trade Center Ship
April 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EDT Central Time
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Chicago
Lecturer: Christopher Dostal
In 2011, construction crews excavating the site of the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan discovered the remains of a Revolution-era wooden ship, 30ft below the modern street level. Though only a fraction of the original hull survived, researchers with Texas A&M University Conservation Research Laboratory have reconstructed what the hull would have looked like through a combination of laser scanning, 3D modelling, 3D printing, and wooden modelling. The hull is currently undergoing chemical treatment to prepare the wood for conservation via one of the world’s largest archaeological freeze dryers. This lecture will cover how the ship ended up in such a surprising place, the documentation and reconstruction, and an overview of the conservation process.
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