Scott Williams, Cultural Resources Program Manager at Washington State Department of Transportation, presents the final installment of our 2013 Archaeology Lecture Series.
The Oregon coast is rich with stories about shipwrecks said to have taken place prior to the 19th century. Tales abound of Chinese junks, Spanish galleons, English pirates, and caves full of silver and swords. Scott Williams has led a team of volunteer archaeologists, historians, and other specialists in a study of these stories. He discusses their investigations, the challenges of conducting underwater archaeology on the Oregon coast, and how historical shipwrecks are protected in the state.