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Porticello shipwreck expedition records

1055

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
Creator:
Eiseman, Cynthia Jones, 1944-
Creator:
Owen, David L.
Title:
Porticello shipwreck expedition records
Date [inclusive]:
1969-1988
Call Number:
1055
Extent:
2 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
In July of 1970, in the straits of Messina about 100 meters from the village of Porticello, underwater excavation of a vessel subsequently determined to be 5th century B.C. Roman, commenced under the direction of David I. Owen, assistant curator of the Underwater Archaeology Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. The Porticello Shipwreck spans the period from 1969 - 88 and primarily contains letters, field notes, object descriptions, drawings and photographs (prints, slides, and negatives) of objects and under water excavations relating to the project. The collection is divided into six series: Correspondence; Field Notes; Catalogues; Publications; Drawings; Photographs.
Cite as:
[Item name]. Box [Box number]. Porticello shipwreck expedition records. Penn Museum Archives. Accessed [Date accessed].
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Biography/History

Funding and support for the excavation was supplied by the University of Pennsylvania Museum, The Geographical Society of Philadelphia, and Dr. and Mrs. Oliver C. Colburn. The Ford Foundation and a L’Aquila Exchange, University of Pennsylvania grant in 1982 provided funds for Eiseman’s trips to Italy.

Scope and Contents

The Porticello Shipwreck spans the period from 1969 - 88 and primarily contains letters, field notes, object descriptions, drawings and photographs (prints, slides, and negatives) of objects and under water excavations relating to the project. The collection is divided into six series: Correspondence; Field Notes; Catalogues; Publications; Drawings; Photographs.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Lawrence Rosen

Use Restrictions

Although many items from the archives are in the public domain, copyright may be retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. The user is fully responsible for compliance with relevant copyright law.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Personal Name(s)
  • Eiseman, Cynthia Jones, 1944-
  • Owen, David L.
Subject(s)
  • Underwater archaeology

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1969-1988.

Scope and Contents note

Consists of one folder of general correspondence pertaining primarily to the project. All other folders refer to specific topics, many of which are concerned with the artifacts.

Box

1.  General, 1970-1987.

1

2.  Italy Trip, 1982.

1

3.  Taggert fellowship Application, 1975.

1

4.  Eiseman PhD Dissertation, 1978-1980.

1

5.  Texas A and M Press (“Porticello Shipwreck”), 1982-1988.

1

6.  Carbon 14 Analysis, 1972.

1

7.  Metal Sampling and Testing, 1971-1980.

1

8.  Anchor Collars; Gerhard Kapitan, 1971-1972.

1

9.  Lead Ingots; H. E. Soonike, 1974-1975.

1

10.  Lead Ingots; Joan D. Taylor, 1976-1980.

1

11.  Lead Ingots; General, 1977-1980.

1

12.  Amphora; Virginia Grace, 1969-1976.

1

13.  Amphora; General, 1973-1981.

1

14.  Sculpture; Caroline Hauser, 1973-1975.

1

15.  Sculpture; General, 1970-1983.

1

16.  Objects; Misc., 1979.

1

Field Notes, 1970-1982.

Scope and Contents note

Survey of excavation site, and study of objects. Not included are detailed notes of the excavation. (See chapter 1 of the Eiseman and Ridgway monograph for an account of the excavation.)

Related Archival Materials note

[Folder title for material in oversize box at end. See: Box 3, folder 17]

Box

17.  Excavation, 1970.

1

18.  Object Research; Italy, Greece, 1976.

1

19.  Object Research; Italy, 1982.

1

Catalogues, 1970-1979.

Scope and Contents note

Description of objects completed in 1970, 1971 photo list of objects and descriptions of some specific artifacts.

Box

20.  Objects, 1970.

1

21.  Photo Lists, 1971.

1

1.  Lead Anchor Stocks.

2

2.  Bone.

2

3.  Amphora, 1979.

2

4.  Object Descriptions.

2

Publications, 1970-1984.

Scope and Contents note

Primarily publications in sources that were deemed more difficult to access.

Box

5.  1970-71, 1970-1971.

2

6.  1973-84, n.d., 1973-1984.

2

Drawings.

Scope and Contents note

Renderings of artifacts by Jane Cook and Susan Katzev.

Box

7.  Anchor.

2

8.  Objects, misc.

2

Objects, Site Plan [Oversize].

Photographs.

Scope and Contents note

Numerous prints of objects taken at various points in time, plus two folders of the excavation site and the excavation. The majority of the photographs are attributed to Donald A. Frey Other photographers were David Owen, Robin Piercy and Susan Katzev. Sequencing of the folders, when possible, followed the ordering of the chapters in the Eiseman and Ridgway monograph.

Box

9.  Site Views, 1970.

2

10.  Excavation, 1970.

2

11.  Anchor Collars.

2

12.  Anchor Flukes (Teeth).

2

13.  Anchor Lead Stock fillings.

2

14.  Lead Sheathing.

2

15.  Nails.

2

16.  Cups.

2

17.  Lamps.

2

18.  Lead Loaf Ingots.

2

19.  Misc. Metal.

2

20.  Mortar.

2

21.  Pottery Sherds.

2

22.  Pitchers.

2

23.  Whetstones.

2

24.  Wooden Objects, Bone.

2

1.  Amphora (Large Prints).

3

2.  Amphora (Small Prints).

3

3.  Amphora (Drawings).

3

4.  Sculpture: Head (Pre-restoration).

3

5.  Sculpture: Head (Post-restoration).

3

6.  Sculpture: Fragments (Large Prints).

3

7.  Sculpture: Fragments: (Small Prints).

3

8.  Sculpture: Fragments (Small Prints).

3

9.  Contact Prints.

3

10.  Contact Prints.

3