FLORENCE – Francis Marion University is hosting a field school for underwater archaeology on campus through June 20.
As part of the University of South Carolina’s archaeology project, USC is working in partnership with East Carolina University and FMU. The Maritime Studies Program at ECU is conducting the field school at Mars Bluff to support state underwater archaeologist Christopher Amer and his team’s research and excavation work. They are being housed on the campus of FMU.
Once the guns are recovered, they will be conserved at FMU. Plans call for the cannons and artifacts associated with the Naval Yard and wreck ultimately to be exhibited at the Florence County Museum.
“We look forward to this collaborative project with USC and East Carolina University,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “It should afford students an opportunity to understand more about underwater archeology and the preservation of historic artifacts.”
Working with Amer as co-principal investigator on the effort is state archaeologist and Research Associate Professor Jonathan M. Leader.
The recovery expedition is being funded by a $200,000 grant arranged through Amer's and Leader's offices from the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation.
For additional information about the field school hosted by FMU, contact Travis Knowles, assistant provost and director of the graduate program, at (843) 661-1408.