March 12, 2012

Re-Excavating the Modern Greece at Fort Fisher

In March 2012, the NC Department of Cultural Resources' Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) in conjunction with Fort Fisher State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Fisher hosted students from East Carolina University's Maritime History Program and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as they "rediscover" artifacts from the Blockade Runner Modern Greece.

Eleven graduate students from ECU and four student interns from UNCW completed the job begun in 2011 to empty the two remaining outdoor tanks and recorded, catalogued, photographed, and determined the future conservation of this treasure trove of Civil War era objects. Students "rediscovered" British Enfield Rifles, Bowie knives, leg irons, bayonets and other war materials, but they also found household and farm items such as files, chisels, scissors, knives, forks, spoons, hoe heads, picks and much more. The new storage containers located inside the UAB conservation facility are ready for the influx of new "treasures."
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