All Things Maine
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Monday, December 19, 2005

Important Discovery in Penobscot Bay

Archaeologist George Myers today offers his Top 5 discoveries/finds in underwater archaeology. At the top of his "sort of American list": the Defence, discovered in Penobscot Bay near Stockton Springs in 1972.
Scuttled in Maine to avoid capture by the British Navy, helped redefine the TPQ (date after which) pearlware ceramics were manufactured (putting the date before the American Revolution or one of the causes of it) used in dating terrestrial deposits, from an 1800 date to 1774 (with two other tightly dated sites, one Pluckemin, NJ). [Link]
Many artifacts recovered from the privateer are held by the Maine State Museum.
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