Artifact Graphic Renderings:
Graphic renderings are just one method employed to examine and document artifacts recovered from the San Jose. Each graphic artifact record includes a detailed rendering, as well as data detailing its individual attributes, i.e., material type, weight, dimensions, etc., a description of the conditions where it was located and recovered, and any other unique and relevant information. Below are a few examples of some of our artifact renderings.
Artifact Photo Timeline:
Every artifact, including each individual coin, recovered from the San Jose wreck site undergoes a specific protocol to fulfill IMDI's rigorous conservation standards. One of these processes is photographic documentation, which includes a pre-conservation image, taken on the boat immediately after recovery, and a post-conservation photo (with the conservation procedure determined by the type of artifact and its material composition). Pre and post-conservation photos include a ruler to inform of the objects actual size. Finally - in order to tell a more complete story of a particular historic artifact, additional documentation photos may be taken. Examples of pre, post, and documentation photos are shown below.
Artifact Comments: Artifact recovered from the Contadora section of the San Jose site. The detailed Baroque style gold brooch was in relatively good condition with only slight damage to the setting where it would have presumably held some type of stone, natural pearl, or gemstone. The brooch had light gorgonian concretion deposits and was found in an area with other assorted jewelry items (all in relatively the same state and condition). The area is approximately 68.5. Meters in length with a basic heading of 34 degrees, Depth at low tide is under 4.5 Meters and is heavily affected by wave action. The highly dynamic environment and rocky bottom conditions may possibly have been a factor of the artifacts damaged condition upon recovery.
IT professional Cliff Sirman was contracted to program a database for the San Jose Project that is unparalleled in the shipwreck recovery industry, allowing IMDI to track and record all collected data on each artifact from the exact moment of discovery throughout its conservation, curation and eventual disposition.
The San Jose Database is available to the public in order to aid researchers, archaeologists, and peers to conduct further studies on the items found in the San Jose Project.
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This is an official San Jose artifact coin certification, all certifications can be found on the database as well as all other official reports, artifact data, and pictures.