Searching For Buried History

To the trained eye the waterways of Eastern Carolina are a treasure trove of untold history lessons.

The treasure hunt for graduate students in East Carolina's maritime history program begins on the Neuse River in New Bern. All this week archaeological divers are hitting the water searching for ship wrecks and other buried maritime treasures. Archaeologists believe these buried artifacts can provide great insight on how the city of New Bern evolved over the last few hundred years. This is an important history project as many of the people that worked on the vessels were illiterate and didn't write down operating plans.

Students are using side scan sonar and magnetometer equipment to find
potential wreck sites.