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Maritime Research Division


Mexico

In 2003, Pilar Luna Erraguerrena, Subdirectora of Subdireccion de Aquelogia Subacuatica for Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) invited MRD's Christopher Amer and Jim Spirek to train their underwater archaeologists with remote sensing operations. Amer and Spirek arrived in Campeche on two occasions in 2003 and 2004 to assist in efforts to inventory submerged cultural resources in the Gulf of Mexico. the 2003 field season centered on locating the remains of the Neustra Senora del Juncal, which sank in 1631 near a small chain of islands approximately 62 miles offshore of Campeche. The second field season, in 2004, focised on inshore cultural resources along the Campeche coastline. The MRD staff assisted with remote sensing survey operations, post processing of collected data, data analysis, and underwater site recording. In addition to maritime operations, several excursions to the interior of the state of Campeche allowed staff to visit cultural resources associated with the Mayan civilization.

Related Information

2005. Amer, Christopher F. "SCIAA's Maritime Research Divsion Lends Helping Hand to Mexico." Legacy. Vol. 9, No. 1 & 2. March. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp. 20-24.