Maritime Heritage at Risk: Lighthouses, Shipwrecks and Deserted Towns

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Presented by: Dr. Lynn Harris
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SECU Daily Planet Theater 
121 West Jones Street 
Raleigh, NC 27601
 

An interdisciplinary team of students and faculty from East Carolina University is investigating a set of diverse maritime cultural sites on the south eastern seaboard that represent either a preservation risk or a potential resource to be showcased for heritage tourism.  The project represents a partnership with private, state and federal stakeholders. Case studies include a historic lighthouse, boathouse, a deserted island town, fish houses, plantation, Civil War and other shipwrecks. Several of the sites are structurally unstable or located along eroding river banks or dynamic shores lines.  Other sites might add a venue to existing tourism operations in the area and serve as centerpieces for revised or neglected historical narratives about port cities and surrounding areas. The fieldwork operations include exploring a variety of technologies to rapidly document and analyze site data including laser scanners, drones for aerial photography, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The 3-year project is funded by a NPS Preservation Training and Technology Grant and will continue through the summer of 2019 investigating further case studies in NC as part of a Maritime Studies Field school. 

Dr. Lynn Harris is Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology in the Program in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University.

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