Guns, Provisions, and the Governor: The Wreck of the Warwick, Bermuda 1619
Between January 9 and 12, 2013, AMARI proudly sponsored the Warwick symposium at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), a conference dedicated to historical and underwater archaeology held at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Symposium’s Abstract: "While headed to resupply Bermuda and Jamestown in 1619, the earl of Warwick’s race-built galleon Warwick sank during a hurricane while at anchorage in Castle Harbour Bermuda. The ship carried the new governor of Bermuda, additional settlers, their possession, tools, and provisions for England’s earliest colonies across the Atlantic. Notwithstanding the designation of the vessel as the “magazine” ship of the Virginia Company, the Warwick was not an ordinary freighter but a finely crafted vessel and a powerful armed fighting machine. Over the course of four field season, a team of archaeologists, students, and volunteers from various universities and international organizations excavated and recorded the Warwick’s hull. Already the wreck is shedding new light on 17th-century English shipbuilding techniques and Bermuda’s and America’s colonial history. This symposium offers firsts hints of what the Warwick excavation may reveal."
The symposium was a collaboration of many scholars, professors, and students from universities and institutions in the United States and Europe. Here, AMARI is showcasing some of the most interesting presentations by students and research associates: