Teams to X-ray object from Hunley Wednesday, March 7, 2001
Teams continued to pull 3 1/2-gallon bucketfuls of
silt out of the Confederate submarine Hunley, finding large quantities of marine shells
and the ends of iron rivets workers had earlier drilled out to open up the sub's hull
Tuesday was spent removing more silt from two open panels at the
crew compartment's center and rear sections. Archaeologists are hoping to bring the silt
down evenly inside the sub as they hunt for artifacts.
Project manager Bob Neyland also said that a "blob,"
possibly made of iron but covered with marine concretion, was found. Its function could
not be determined. "We won't know until it's X-rayed," he said.
Seashells, coal found inside Hunley Tuesday,
March 6, 2001
Archaeologists have removed
about four bucketfuls of silt from the Confederate submarine Hunley's crew compartment and
report finding a large number of seashells as well as several pieces of coal and boiler
slag and at least one piece of driftwood.
The items were found Sunday, apparently after they either were
washed into the Hunley or made their way in sometime after the sub's February 1864
sinking, four miles off Charleston.
Excavation work was put on hold Monday for safety training and to
move in 16 autopsy tables donated by the state of Alabama.
The tables will be used to transport any human remains found
inside the sub to the morgue set up at the Warren Lasch Conservation Lab in North
Charleston. Project manager Bob Neyland said the excavation will resume today after more
X-rays are taken.