The Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL) at Texas A&M University, in partnership with the Office of Historic Alexandria and Alexandria Archaeology, is pleased to announce the launch of the Alexandria Ship Project website: http://nautarch.tamu.edu/CRL/Alexandria/. Visitors to this webpage can follow Alexandria’s 18th-century ship’s journey through the conservation process.
The website tracks the ship’s progress from its discovery during waterfront development in January 2016 through its documentation and conservation at the CRL. The documentation page provides a first glimpse of three-dimensional scans of the timbers that can be manipulated by the user for a full 360-degree view. These 3D scans will be used for research, documentation, and to produce a scale model of the ship.
This unique archaeological find tells a story of Alexandria’s early days as an important maritime center and is being carefully documented and preserved at the CRL before it returns home for display. Operating under TAMU’s Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, the Conservation Research Laboratory is one of the oldest continuously operated conservation laboratories that deals primarily with archaeological material from shipwrecks and other underwater sites.