Applied archaeology MA student Zaakiyah Cua presented a paper titled “The Remains of Perry’s Victory: A Geophysical Survey of Misery Bay, Presque Isle, PA” at the Regional Science Consortium’s 13th annual Research Symposium on November 8, 2017, at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park.
Cua’s presentation is based on research being conducted under a Regional Science Consortium Mini‐Grant. The grant is to remotely identify cultural resources from the surface of the ice within Misery Bay using ground-penetrating radar and gradiometer in order to determine if there is evidence of the War of 1812 shipwreck Amelia. While the focus of this research is the Amelia, it is likely to record additional historical shipwrecks that may also be significant.
During the War of 1812, the Battle of Lake Erie was a seminal moment in that war and contributed to the overall US victory. Misery Bay at Presque Isle State Park is a sheltered bay where the American squadron and the six captured British vessels took shelter for repairs. The Amelia was scuttled because it was determined unfit for further combat.
The presentation can be viewed on the symposium page.
Department of Anthropology