America Flatboat Wreck in Southern Illinois
Arks, Broad Horns, and Hoop Pole Boats: the America Flatboat Wreck in Southern Illinois
Presented by Mark J. Wagner , Director of Center for Archaeological Investigations Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Il & author of The Wreck of the "America" in Southern Illinois: A Flatboat on the Ohio River
Box shaped vessels called “flatboats” were the most common vessel type on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers during the early 1800s. Thousands of such boats descended these two rivers each year, carrying western-bound emigrants to new homes in Kentucky and other places. Local farmers also used flatboats to ship produce to New Orleans for over 100 years. In this talk Wagner will discuss the history of flatboat travel on the Ohio River as well as the discovery in 2000 of an early 1800s flatboat wreck along the Ohio River shoreline in southern Illinois.
This wreck, which represents the only example of a flatboat ever discovered, provided information on how these boats were built as well as the sort of everyday items carried by flatboat crews as they descended the Ohio River.
Dr. Wagner specializes in historic archeology and the archeology of Illinois. He manages contract and grant-funded projects for the CAI. His research focuses on culture contact and the history of Native Americans and Europeans in Illinois and the lower Ohio River Valley. He also studies Native American rock art to understand ancient religious beliefs.
March 10, 2016 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.
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