World Trade Center Ship – Cleaning Has Begun

Cleaning the enormous amount of wood from the late 18th- or early 19th-century ship discovered at the site of the World Trade Center has begun and the whole staff of the MAC Lab has taken on the challenge. All of our conservators, curators, and archaeologists are taking part in cleaning the mud and debris (and there’s LOTS of it) from the ship’s timbers. Cleaning is being done so that AKRF archaeologists can better analyze the ship parts. The goal is to learn as much as possible about the way the ship was built, what it was used for, where it may have traveled, and any (and all) other interesting information the remains of the ship can provide!

All hands on deck for cleaning

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