Naval History and Heritage Command preserves artifacts from shipwrecks

By KEN-YON HARDY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recovering underwater artifacts and preserving Navy shipwrecks is a top priority for archaeologists and researchers at the Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard.

"The challenges that some of these artifacts are bringing in are just interesting," said Shanna Daniel, lead conservator and outreach manager with the NHHC's Underwater Archaeology Branch. "Usually I have dealt with one particular era. Here I have everything.

"I like the challenge of having to conserving wood from an 1812 shipwreck [and] at the same time working on an aircraft engine [for which] I will have to figure out a conservation plan. So I really like that about my job."

According to NHHC officials, the Underwater Archaeology Branch is responsible for the management and study of more than 3,000 shipwrecks from the Continental Navy period to present time, and of more than 14,000 lost aircraft from the 1920s to the beginning of the Cold War.

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Naval History & Heritage Command lead conservator Shanna Daniel works on an artifact recovered from a 1942 shipwreck.

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