Time: 12:00 pm til 1:00 pm
Location: UNF Archaeology Lab
Description: In 1684 famous French explorer La Salle left France with plans to establish a colony at the Mississippi River but got lost on the way. Instead, he landed the colonists on the Texas coast between Galveston and Corpus Christi at a settlement called Fort St. Louis. His ship the La Belle sank in 1686 and was lost until the Texas Historical Commission began searching for the ship in 1995. The story of the ship's location and excavation in Matagorda Bay, its conservation at Texas A & M's Conservation Research Laboratory, and its reconstruction in Austin's Bullock Museum is the subject of Peter Fix's lecture. As the conservator and head of reconstruction , Fix knows every piece of the puzzle after working on it for around 20 years. It is a story of dedication and hard work by many archaeologists and workers in related fields with a rare complete ending--a reconstructed historic ship.
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