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At the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol on Sunday morning, Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) held a press conference to announce plans for its 2019 fieldwork, especially the “Search for Endeavour” project in nearby Newport Harbor, the “Not the Gaspee” study in Warwick, and various other of RIMAP’s ongoing investigations.
Kevin Sumption PSM, Director and CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia, Charlotte Taylor, an archaeologist with the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, and D. K. (Kathy) Abbass, Ph.D., RIMAP’s Executive Director, were those who spoke during the 45 minute gathring.
Among the announcements, RIMAP announced it will also be creating a permanent artifact management facility at the Herreshoff Marine Museum to conserve, store, and potentially display the waterlogged artifacts and samples retrieved from local marine archaeology studies that will also provide a service to other archaeologists throughout the region.