By FactsWow Team
Posted on: 12 Dec, 2022
An object made of wood and metal emerged near a Florida beach after Hurricane Nicole last month, bringing a piece of history back into the present.
Scientists now believe the remains are likely those of a cargo ship from the 1800s rather than parts of an old pier or shipwreck.
An archaeological maritime program team investigated the remnants this week after beachgoers spotted the debris on Daytona Beach Shores.
LAMP archaeologist Chuck Meide in a Facebook statement on Tuesday said the ship probably used lighthouses for navigation and sailed within sight of the coast.
Despite reports estimating the wreckage to be at least 80 feet long (24 meters), the LAMP team discovered a portion of the ship partially reburied in the sand.
An initiative supported by the state to study and protect Florida's archaeological resources is the Florida Public Archaeology Network.
In a comment on Facebook, he pointed out that historic finds like this shouldn't be seen as an invitation to dig for more treasures, which could disturb cultural heritage sites.
Likewise, Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd echoed this sentiment, saying, please preserve archaeological sites for future generations by taking only photos and leaving only footprints.
Due to strong storms like Hurricane Nicole, the ocean is reclaiming the former shipping vessel of Daytona Beach Shores.
The brief time it spent in the sun allowed researchers to gain an insight into Florida's maritime past. 'In these cases,' Byrd stated, the history of humanity is revealed more clearly.
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