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Portside view of beached Hilton Head wreck

Hilton Head Island Wreck

Discovered partially exposed on the beach and reported to MRD in 2011 by a Hilton Head Island local, the Hilton Head Island Wreck (HHI Wreck) quickly became the focus for survey and excavation during division's annual Field Training Course.  MRD staff and students began excavations of the wreck in 2012 and continued for a second season in 2013 as part of the Field Training Course Part II offered through the division that teaches students how to record shipwreck and other underwater sites.  The section of wreck exposed is that of the bow portion of a wooden vessel that measures approximately 6 meters (~20 feet).  This remains an ongoing investigation.

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2013. Deming, Ashley M. "2013 Field Training Course Part II." Quarterly Reporter. Vol. 4, Iss. 3. October. Maritime Research Division. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. p. 1.

2012. Deming, Ashley M. "2012 Underwater Archaeology Field Training Course." Legacy. Vol. 16, No. 2. November. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp. 12-13.

2012. Deming, Ashley M. "2012 Field Training Course Part II." Quarterly Reporter. Vol. 3, Iss. 3. October. Maritime Research Division. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp.2-3.