Offshore archaeology

Ships and a World War II-era German U-boat sunk in the Gulf of Mexico continue to make news decades after their discoveries by oil and gas companies conducting seafloor surveys. Currently, archeologists and others are studying whether oil spilled by the 2010 Macondo well blowout affected organisms living on shipwrecks within miles of the well that was operated by BP PLC. Researchers will examine 6-10 wrecks to assess their chemical, physical, and biological conditions. Improving technology and growing industry awareness of archaeology continues to yield additional information about the wrecks. In July, archaeologists working for C&C Technologies Inc. of Lafayette, La., used a remotely...

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