Civil War High Tech: Excavating the Hunley and Monitor

moderator: Merritt Roe Smith, History Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
author: Maria Jacobsen, Warren Lasch Conservation Center
author: David A. Mindell, MIT, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, (STS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
author: Brendan Foley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: Aug. 7, 2012,   recorded: April 2003,   views: 2766

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In the last few years, archaeologists have recovered two of the Civil War’s most ingenious inventions: the Union ironclad warship Monitor and the Confederate submarine Hunley. In this symposium panelists discuss the newest technology projects that have brought these inventions to light from the sea depths, and what they can teach about technology and the Civil War.

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Comment1 David Ronshaw, May 25, 2022 at 2:49 p.m.:

I was so excited to hear about the new excavation project in town. I love seeing all the new construction and development, and I knew that this was going to be a big one. I was even more excited when I heard that they were using high tech excavation methods. I had no idea that such things existed, but apparently they do and they're amazing. The equipment is so advanced that it can excavate an entire site in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional methods. Not only is it faster, but it's also more accurate and less disruptive to the surrounding area. I can't wait to see the finished product. It's going to be amazing!

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