Faculty receives grant to complete shipwreck survey
Dr. Neal Lopinot and Jack Ray, research professors in the MSU Center for Archaeological Research, and Dustin Thompson, project supervisor at CAR, received a $49,930 grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – KC District for their proposal “CAR-1469 A&B Magnetometer Shipwreck Survey, Jameson Island (T-1) & Cora Island (T-2), Saline and St. Charles Counties, MO.”
“This project has involved a search for known, buried steamboat wrecks that might be affected by wetlands rehabilitation projects on two islands along the lower Missouri River,” said Lopinot. “The purpose of the project is to make sure that such shipwrecks are avoided by major channelization projects.”
According to Lopinot, the funding is being used to undertake magnetometer investigations at historically mapped shipwreck locations and along proposed channels that will measure about 200 feet in width and 30 feet in depth.
“Shipwrecks are considered important historic properties and the general survey areas include the mapped locations for 10-11 steamboat wrecks or disasters, one of which resulted in the death of 55 German immigrants” said Lopinot.
For more information, contact Lopinot at (417) 836-5363.
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