Saturday, July 14, 2012

USC divers to study archaeology of shipwreck

USC divers to study archaeology of shipwreck

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - University of South Carolina maritime archaeologists are planning to teach students how to dive off the state's coast and uncover the secrets of an old shipwreck.

Spokeswoman Megan Sexton says Friday's event in Hilton Head Island features archaeologist Ashley Deming teaching a sport diver archaeology management course.

The course trains licensed scuba divers to become archaeological eyes and ears as they identify and record valuable information about the shipwreck.

Deming is using sections of a wooden vessel that was beached near the Harbor Town Golf Links and has a 10-foot portion that is exposed above water. Sexton says the vessel may be from the Civil War era and has not yet been explored by archaeologists

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