Results of the “Beeswax Wreck” Research Project

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Results of the “Beeswax Wreck” Research Project

Description

The results of a seven-year, multi-disciplinary investigation into the identity and origin of the “Beeswax Wreck” are discussed. The “Beeswax Wreck” is the name historically given to a 17th century source of marked beeswax blocks and candles found along beaches of the north Oregon coast. Artifact analysis, remote sensing, geoarchaeological investigations, and archival research indicate the Beeswax Wreck was an Acapulco-bound galleon that wrecked near Nehalem Bay prior to AD 1700, and is most likely the remains of the galleon Santo Cristo de Burgos. The Santo Cristo de Burgos sailed from the Philippines on July 1st, 1693 and disappeared. No trace of the vessel was ever found despite years of searching by the Spanish in the islands of the west Pacific and along the Mexican coast.

Creator

Scott S. Williams, in Van Tilburg, H., Tripati, S., Walker Vadillo, V., Fahy, B., and Kimura, J. (eds.)

Date

5/15/2014

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Citation

Scott S. Williams, in Van Tilburg, H., Tripati, S., Walker Vadillo, V., Fahy, B., and Kimura, J. (eds.), “Results of the “Beeswax Wreck” Research Project,” The MUA Collection, accessed February 8, 2023, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1609.

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