Report of 2012—2015 Research Relating to the Russian-American Company Ship Neva and Potential Shipwreck Survivor Camp, Alaska

 
PIIS207987840001507-6-1
DOI10.18254/S0001507-6-1
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AbstractIn 2012, the author led a team of archaeologists from the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Sitka Historical Society to search for evidence of the Russian-American Company ship NEVA, known to have wrecked near Sitka in January 1813. The project received additional support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Based on information from survivor accounts, aerial images and overflights, information on historic tides, and interviews with local divers, the team discovered Russian artifacts at a location believed to represent the NEVA survivors’ camp. With funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (Award PLR-1330939), the author returned to the site in July 2015, with an international team of American, Russian, and Canadian scientists to conduct survey and excavations. The results of the field investigation, along with archival research by Evguenia Anichtchenko and the author in St. Petersburg and London, are adding details to our knowledge of the NEVA’s history and of survival in a harsh environment.
KeywordsNEVA, Russian-American Company, shipwreck, Sitka, archaeological excavations, survival, environment
Received12.09.2016
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