Posts About marine archeology

By Amy A. Borgens, THC State Marine Archeologist 

In late 2018, a fisherman was casting a line off the South Texas coast when he noticed a distinctive shape emerging from the water at low tide. He immediately notified the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Archeology Division, which dispatched staff the next day to identify and document the discovery.

The object was a 20-foot-...

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Remnants of Boca Chica shipwreck

By Amy Borgens and Sarah Linden, THC Marine Archeology Program staff                                 

In a prior blog, Marine Archeology Program (MAP) staff described the types of archeological sites located in coastal public areas and waterways. These amazing finds are often vulnerable to man-made impacts, vandalism, and looting despite the protections specified in the Antiquities...

Archeology | marine archeology, archeology

Mansfield Cut, South Jetty

By Sarah Linden, THC Marine Archeologist

Most Texans know the best way to cool down from the heat is to grab some sunscreen and hit the beach or float down one of our beautiful rivers. Texas boasts 367 linear miles of coastline and 1,500 square miles of river bottoms. These waters have been historically utilized to transport people, goods, and culture for hundreds of years. There are...

Archeology | archeology, marine archeology, artifact

1918 ship

By Amy Borgens and Dorothy Rowland, State Marine Archeologist and Marine Archeology Program Intern

This wooden vessel was constructed in Beaumont in 1918. Many similar ships were built for the government’s Emergency Fleet Corporation during World War I. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration...

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USS Houston

By Amy Borgens, State Marine Archeologist

The 600-foot Northampton-class cruiser USS Houston was sunk by the Japanese Navy during World War II on March 1, 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait off Indonesia. The sunken ship served as an unintentional grave for many of the more than 700 sailors and marines that perished in the tragedy.  Of the 1,061 crew on board, only 368 survived,...

Archeology | marine archeology, shipwreck, archeology

Brass cannon from La Belle

By Eliot Stone, THC Heritage Tourism Specialist

Beneath the vaulted, hull-like ceiling of the THC’s library in Austin, Jim Bruseth cast his gaze askance as if reconsidering the course of the story he had already begun to tell. Bruseth—our former Archeology Division Director who discovered and excavated the remains of La Salle’s ship, La Belle, in Matagorda Bay—visited the THC in...

Heritage Travel | La Salle, La Belle, museums, marine archeology, heritage travel, archeology

Children's archeology table at Ocean Discovery Day

By Amy Borgens and Sarah Linden, THC Marine Archeology Program staff

Earlier this spring, we traveled to Galveston to team up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) for the 10th annual family-centered event “Ocean Discovery Day.” The event is designed to introduce visitors to the variety of marine...

Archeology | marine archeology, archeology

By Amy Borgens and Andy Rhodes, THC Staff

Each October, Texas Archeology Month (TAM) celebrates the spirit of discovery. Texas Historical Commission (THC) archeologists work with communities across the state to heighten awareness of cultural heritage and discuss compelling elements of the past.

In the process, archeologists have found that shipwrecks are among the most...

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By THC Archeology Division Staff

From modest beginnings with 10 participants, the Texas Archeological Stewardship Network (TASN) now boasts more than 100 members dedicated to helping the state preserve invaluable resources.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the TASN, an innovative program comprised of highly trained and motivated avocational archeologists who work closely...

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By Amy Borgens, State Marine Archeologist

In the northern Gulf of Mexico’s shallow waters, visibility is often poor at best. But beneath the lightly lapping waves are the remains of a diverse array of historic shipwrecks, some discovered, but most unknown to archeologists, historians, and enthusiasts.

The Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) marine archeology program has long...

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