Mr. Brown’s lecture focuses on the “Corolla Wreck”, a beached shipwreck that first washed ashore in 2010 and is believed to be one of the oldest shipwrecks ever discovered in North Carolina waters. Brown’s presentation outlines both the discovery of the wreck and the archaeological investigation of this important piece of maritime heritage.
The analysis of wreck site 0022CKB, popularly known as the “Corolla Wreck”, presented an opportunity to study early 17th century wooden ship remains in the context of early European settlement of Atlantic North America. Over a period of two years, numerous research questions stemming from archaeological and historical observations sought to answer whether the extant remains of the Corolla Wreck could offer conclusions as to the shipwreck’s identity and origins when compared to contemporary wreck sites. Historical research also provides possible answers as to the origin and purpose of this wreck, and what part it may have played in Atlantic commerce and colonization. Research regarding the archaeological site formation processes of this wreck site could serve as a model for the future study of beached wrecks on the Outer Banks. Presenter: Dr. Dan Brown, Maritime Archaeologist, South Carolina Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology Original Broadcast Date: November 4, 2015