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UNAM Archaeological Study: Understanding the Mexican-American War

Shannon Regan   |   August 10, 2018

Deep Trekker has teamed up with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to investigate the maritime aspects of the Mexican-American War which took place between 1846-1848.

Understanding the Mexican-American War

The UNAM project is strengthening the development of scientific maritime archaeology in Mexico and Latin America. The study will build a cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary approach, as it incorporates an academic interplay involving maritime archaeology, history, ship science, historical cartography and conflict and landscape archaeologies.

With the help from Deep Trekker, UNAM will investigate the maritime aspects of the Mexican-American War to understand and explain the strategic decisions behind the landscape of the Gulf of Mexico.

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UNAM training with the Deep Trekker DTG2 Worker Model

Deep Trekker in the Open Waters of Latin America

The team from UNAM will focus their efforts on three main approaches:

  1. The detailed study of shipwreck sites from vessels that fought in the war, including construction details, maneuverability and their impact during the war
  2. The analysis of movements of vessels and fleets and their clashes
  3. The exploration of a series of coastal Mexican fortifications which were once part of the defensive strategies and battles between said fortifications and naval forces
The team will also be conducting nautical engineering and ship science experiments with the data gathered from both historical sources and shipwreck sites associated with the war. These experiments will include virtual reproductions of some of the vessels which will be tested for stability and nautical design, and scaled models will be constructed for further study.

The historical research began 18 months ago and in August the team from UNAM will begin its work in archaeological shipwreck sites with the DTG2 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the open waters of Latin America.

Stay tuned as we unravel the mysteries behind the Mexican-American War of 1846 with the team from UNAM

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